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Writing And Script : A Very Short Introduction - Andrew Robinson

Writing And Script

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 27th August 2009
ISBN: 9780199567782
Number Of Pages: 144

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Writing is the defining marker of civilization, without which there could be no records, no history, no books, no accumulation of knowledge. But when did this essential part of our lives begin? Why do we all write differently and how did writing evolve into what we use today? All of these questions are answered in this Very Short Introduction. Andrew Robinson tells the fascinating story of the history of writing, shedding light on its development and examining the enormous variety of writing and scripts we use today. Starting with the origins of writing five thousand years ago, with cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs, Robinson explains how these early forms developed into hundreds of scripts, including the Roman alphabet and Chinese characters. He reveals how the modern writing symbols and abbreviations we take for granted today--including airport signage and text messaging--resemble ancient ones much more closely than we might think. The book also includes a chronology of events from 3300 BC to AD 2000, a list of titles for further reading, and an index.

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1: Writing and its emergence 2: Development and diffusion of writing 3: Disappearance of scripts 4: Decipherment and undeciphered scripts 5: How writing systems work 6: Alphabets 7: Chinese and Japanese writing 8: Scribes and materials 9: Writing goes electronic Chronology: 3300 BC to AD 2000 References Further reading Index

ISBN: 9780199567782
ISBN-10: 0199567786
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 27th August 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.1 x 11.5  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.15

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