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Language Visible: Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet from a to Z

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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. We learn, for example, why the letter X has a sinister and sexual aura, how B came to signify second best, why the word “mother” in many languages starts with M, and what is the story of O.

Packed with information and lavishly illustrated, Language Visible is not only accessible and entertaining, but essential to the appreciation of our own language.

Synopsis:

An entertaining and informative study of the mysteries of the alphabet traces the history of alphabetic symbols and inscriptions from ancient times to the present day and offers close-up portraits of the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet, detailing each letter's significance, its development, and its role in literature and other media.

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David Sacks is author of the Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World. His articles mainly on cultural topics have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal and dozens of magazines. He wrote a 26-part series for the Ottawa Citizen on the letters of the alphabet that was received enthusiastically by readers and which he has expanded and developed into Language Visible. Raised in New Jersey, he now lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307486936
Subtitle:
Unravelling the Mystery of the Alphabet from a to Z
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Sacks, David
Author:
David Sacks
Subject:
Juvenile Nonfiction : General
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Linguistics
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Alphabet
Subject:
General
Subject:
English language
Subject:
English language -- Alphabet.
Subject:
Alphabet -- History.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Archaeology-Ancient Languages
Subject:
Language Arts & Disciplines : Linguistics - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030819
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
395

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History and Social Science » Linguistics » English Linguistics and Dialects
History and Social Science » Linguistics » General

Language Visible: Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet from a to Z
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Product details 395 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307486936 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An entertaining and informative study of the mysteries of the alphabet traces the history of alphabetic symbols and inscriptions from ancient times to the present day and offers close-up portraits of the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet, detailing each letter's significance, its development, and its role in literature and other media.
"Synopsis" by , David Sacks is author of the Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World. His articles mainly on cultural topics have appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal and dozens of magazines. He wrote a 26-part series for the Ottawa Citizen on the letters of the alphabet that was received enthusiastically by readers and which he has expanded and developed into Language Visible. Raised in New Jersey, he now lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
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