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Alpha beta : how 26 letters shaped the Western world

Author: John Man
Publisher: New York : Wiley, 2000.
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Praise for Alpha Beta"This book comes at the perfect moment as we rediscover the importance in early reading of cracking the alphabetic code. The story of how that code came into being is a fascinating one, and Man is the ideal writer to tell it." Times Educational Supplement"A richly absorbing exploration, from B.C. to PCs, of the evolution of the most fundamental characters of our cultural history, the alphabet we  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Man, John, 1941-
Alpha beta.
New York : Wiley, 2000
(DLC) 2001023795
(OCoLC)46422092
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Man
ISBN: 0471211699 9780471211693
OCLC Number: 49415150
Notes: Originally published: London : Headline Book, 2000.
Map on lining papers.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (312 pages) : map
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction : Of giants and genius --
The trouble with pictures --
The bearable burden of syllables --
Letters in the wilderness --
The search for the perfect alphabet --
Into Sinai --
The land of purple --
The selfish alphabet --
The great leap forward --
Why we don't write Etruscan --
The limits to growth.
Other Titles: How 26 letters shaped the Western world
Responsibility: John Man.

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Praise for Alpha Beta"This book comes at the perfect moment as we rediscover the importance in early reading of cracking the alphabetic code. The story of how that code came into being is a fascinating one, and Man is the ideal writer to tell it." Times Educational Supplement"A richly absorbing exploration, from B.C. to PCs, of the evolution of the most fundamental characters of our cultural history, the alphabet we so much take for granted. John Man writes with a compellingly restless curiosity and immediacy. The ever surprising, exotically detailed narrative in his informative book makes it.

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