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From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, A History of Writing offers a fascinating investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world.

Commencing with the first stages of information storage, Fischer focuses on the emergence of complete writing systems in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC. He documents the rise of Phoenician and its effect on the Greek alphabet, generating the many alphabetic scripts of the West. Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese writing systems are dealt with in depth, as is writing in pre-Columbian America. Also explored are Western Europe's medieval manuscripts and the history of printing, leading to the innovations in technology and spelling rules of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, "A History of Writing" offers a fascinating investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world.

Synopsis:

From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, A History of Writing offers a fascinating investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world.

Commencing with the first stages of information storage, Fischer focuses on the emergence of complete writing systems in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC. He documents the rise of Phoenician and its effect on the Greek alphabet, generating the many alphabetic scripts of the West. Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese writing systems are dealt with in depth, as is writing in pre-Columbian America. Also explored are Western Europe's medieval manuscripts and the history of printing, leading to the innovations in technology and spelling rules of the 19th and 20th centuries.

About the Author

Steven Roger Fischer is Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of Glyph-breaker (1997). A History of Writing is part of Fischers trilogy for Reaktion, which also includes A History of Language and A History of Reading.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. From Notches to Tablets

2. Talking Art

3. Speaking Systems

4. From Alpha to Omega

5. The East Asian 'Regenesis'

6. The Americas

7. The Parchment Keyboard

8. Scripting the Future

References

Select Bibliography

Illustration Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861891679
Author:
Fischer, Steven Roger
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Subject:
Reference-Words Phrases and Language
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Globalities
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, "A History of Writing" offers a fascinating investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world.
"Synopsis" by ,
From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, A History of Writing offers a fascinating investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world.

Commencing with the first stages of information storage, Fischer focuses on the emergence of complete writing systems in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC. He documents the rise of Phoenician and its effect on the Greek alphabet, generating the many alphabetic scripts of the West. Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese writing systems are dealt with in depth, as is writing in pre-Columbian America. Also explored are Western Europe's medieval manuscripts and the history of printing, leading to the innovations in technology and spelling rules of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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