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Writing : theory and history of the technology of civilization

Author: Barry B Powell
Publisher: Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this book the author explores writing not tied to speech, and traces the origins of writing tied to speech from ancient Sumer through the Greek alphabet and beyond. The book examines the earliest evidence for writing in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium B.C., the relations of these systems to Ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Mesoamerican writing, the origins of purely phonographic systems, and the mystery of  Read more...
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Powell, Barry B.
Writing.
Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
(OCoLC)646350632
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barry B Powell
ISBN: 9781405162562 1405162562
OCLC Number: 269455610
Description: xx, 276 pages : illustrations, maps, music ; 24 cm
Contents: A difficult topic, little studied, poorly understood --
What is writing? --
Writing with signs --
Categories and features of writing --
Some general issues in the study of writing --
Protocuneiform and counting tokens --
Origins of lexigraphic writing in Mesopotamia --
Plato's Ideas and Champollion's decipherment of the Egyptian hieroglyphs --
Egyptian writing and Egyptian speech --
The origin and nature of Egyptian writing --
"The house of life" : scribes and writing in ancient Egypt --
Syllabic scripts of the Aegean --
The West Semitic revolution --
What kind of writing was West Semitic? --
The origins of West Semitic writing --
Chinese logography --
Lexigraphic writing in Mesoamerica --
The Greek alphabet : a writing that changed the world.
Responsibility: Barry B. Powell.

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