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Writing systems and geolinguistics

asked 2015-03-19 14:50:33 -0400

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Hello!

I am an undergraduate student in the junior year of a linguistics degree. Through the course of my studies I have really become aware of my incredible interest in, and thirst for more knowledge about the world's writing systems and geolinguistics. I love my school, and their linguistics department is incredible. However, for my graduate program I would very much like to focus more on one or both the areas I mentioned, and unfortunately that is not an option where I am now.

I was wondering if you had any information or suggestions as to available masters programs that have a focus in either writing systems or geolinguistics (the program's location is not an issue)? I would also thoroughly appreciate any assistance or guidance that you may be able to provide with respect to where I might learn more about these areas on my own and what type of careers would focus on those areas.

Thank you!

Sarah Floyd

(Transferred from old LINGUIST List Ask-a-Linguist site)

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answered 2015-03-22 19:38:09 -0400

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Get yourself trained in Ur-writing system(s): for Semitic Babylonian which goes into Aramaic, Hebrew, Geez, eventually Greek and Latin; Sanskrit for Indian languages. Then, there is Chinese. You then might get a good graduate fellowship for your doctorate. Also, your general interest seems to touch on the neurology of reading and writing. The French scholars are into this aspect. Look at "Reading in the Brain" by Stanislaus Dehaene (Viking,2009) with an extensive bibliography. Go study in Paris!

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answered 2015-03-21 20:43:49 -0400

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It's kind of a roundabout way, but one place to look is the journal "Writing Systems Research":

http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/pwsr20

You could look at the editorial board and see what universities they're at. As editors for the journal, they are likely to be especially knowledgeable about the field. You could also do the same for the various researchers who have submitted work to the journal. In fact, if you search the journal for a few terms, perhaps you can find some researchers who have worked on topics that you are also interested in, then track down where they are at.

Good luck!

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