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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages$
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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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Writing Systems

Writing Systems

(p.681) Chapter 41 Writing Systems
The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

Thomas Finbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses some of the most important issues in the development and nature of Romance writing systems. It covers evidence for Romance phonology in subliterary and/or late Latin orthography (cf. also Wright’s work on reading Latin as Romance); emergence of major area-specific innovations, along the diachronic and synchronic axes, in adapting Latinate orthography to represent the expanded segmental inventories of Romance; rise and fall of diacritic conventions; phonemic, allophonic and diasystemic representations; competing orthographic traditions, and alphabets; stability, spelling reforms, and the role of academies; emergent and unstable systems. Specific topics dealt with include: Latin alphabet; late Latin and early Romance; two-norm hypotheses; single-norm hypothesis; logographic Latin; textual zones for developing Romance; selecting representational conventions; Romance diacritic conventions; Romance writing in other scripts; Judaeo-Spanish; aljamía; Romanian and Moldovan; Romance written with the Greek alphabet; levels of written representation; developing written traditions; stability, reform and regulation; regulatory bodies; spelling reform.

Keywords:   writing systems, spelling, alphabets, Wright, two-norm hypothesis, logography, Moldovan, academies

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