William Thornton and the Practical Applications of New Writing Systems

  • Jeffrey Wollock
Part of the Studies in Applied Psycholinguistics book series (SAP)


The contribution of Dr. William Thornton [1759–1828] to the study of language and cognition has so far received little attention from historians. Thornton is today chiefly remembered as a gifted, self-taught architect who not only designed Library Hall in Philadelphia (presently the library of the American Philosophical Society), but also drew up the original plans for the United States Capitol and other historic buildings in the Washington area. (For Thornton’s place in the history of American architecture, cf. Andrews, 1964; Brown, 1896, 1913, 1915; Crenshaw, 1926; Jackson, 1923; Kimball & Bennett 1923; Newcomb, 1928; Peter, 1969; Peterson, 1953; Rusk, 1929, 1935; Tayloe, 1872; Thurman, 1935.)


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  • Jeffrey Wollock
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  1. 1.New CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordEngland

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