graphology
Definition -
(1) The study of handwriting.
(2) The study of written and printed symbols and of writing systems. (OED)

Etymology -
The term derives from the French graphologie, which was coined in 1868 by Abbé Jean-Hippolyte Michon (1806-81) from the Greek graphein, to write, plus logos, a speaking or a dealing with.

Quotation -
"Graphology … includes orthography, punctuation, and anything else that is concerned with showing how a language uses its graphic resources to carry its grammatical and lexical patterns."
(Source: M. A. K. Halliday et al. Linguistic Sci. ii. 50 (1964))


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