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A History of Writing

A History of Writing

by Steven R. Fischer

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/03/2003

  $52.25
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.
ISBN:
9781861891679
9781861891679
Category:
Palaeography (history of writing)
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-03-2003
Language:
English
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
256
Dimensions (mm):
228x133x32mm
Weight:
0.53kg

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