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Language visible : unraveling the mystery of the alphabet from A to Z

Author: David Sacks
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Letters are tangible language. Joining together in endless combinations to actually show speech, letters convey our messages and tell our stories. While we encounter these tiny shapes hundreds of times a day, we take for granted the long, fascinating history behind one of the most fundamental of human inventions: the alphabet. The heart of the book is the 26 fact-filled "biographies" of letters A through Z, each one  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sacks, David.
Language visible.
New York : Broadway Books, 2003
(OCoLC)607001621
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Sacks
ISBN: 0767911725 9780767911726
OCLC Number: 51210302
Description: xiii, 395 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Responsibility: David Sacks.
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Letters are tangible language. Joining together in endless combinations to actually show speech, letters convey our messages and tell our stories. While we encounter these tiny shapes hundreds of times a day, we take for granted the long, fascinating history behind one of the most fundamental of human inventions: the alphabet. The heart of the book is the 26 fact-filled "biographies" of letters A through Z, each one identifying the letter's particular significance for modern readers, tracing its development from ancient forms, and discussing its noteworthy role in literature and other media.

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