The Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System provides a comprehensive account of the English writing system, both in its current iteration and highlighting the developing trends that will influence its future. Twenty-nine chapters written by specialists from around the world cover core linguistic and psychological aspects, and also include areas from other disciplines such as typography and computer-mediated communication.
Divided into five parts, the volume encompasses a wide range of approaches and addresses issues in the following areas:
- theory and the English writing system, discussing the effects of etymology and phonology;
- the history of the English writing system from its earliest development, including spelling, pronunciation and typography;
- the acquisition and teaching of writing, with discussions of literacy issues and dyslexia;
- English writing in use around the world, both in the UK and America, and also across Europe and Japan;
- computer-mediated communication and developments in writing online and on social media.
The Routledge Handbook of the English Writing System is essential reading for researchers and postgraduate students working in this area.