Florian Coulmas, author of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems Gnanadesikan haswritten an excellent book describing the structures of the important writing systems of theworld. The author has a gift for bringing dusty old scribes to life, showing their relevancein the history of writing, one of the major achievements of human beings. The writing is exceptionally clear, making it quite accessible to those without a strong technical
knowledge of linguistics. -Henry Rogers, author of Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach.
This is a rare find: a work of impeccable scholarship that is also enormously witty and entertaining. -John J. McCarthy, University of Massachusetts Amherst After the invention of fire, writing has been humankind's greatest discovery. Complete in its coverage, fascinating in detail, and eloquently presented, this is the best single survey of the subject in print.