Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction [Paperback]

Andrew Robinson (Author)

ISBN: 9780199567782 | Published by: Oxford University Press | Year of Publication: 2009 | Language: English 157p, b/w illus

Writing and Script


This concise volume introduces the origins of writing; the routes via which writing spread and developed into hundreds of scripts for some of the worlds thousands of spoken languages; the ways in which different writing systems convey meaning through phonetic signs for consonants, vowels and syllables, combined with logograms - non phonetic signs standing for words; the tools and materials that scribes have used for writing; the purposes to which writing has been put by societies over five millenia; and the extinction and decipherment of scripts - from the introduction.

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