The Resource The story of writing, Andrew Robinson

The story of writing, Andrew Robinson

Label
The story of writing
Title
The story of writing
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Robinson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Writing is perhaps humanity's greatest invention. Without it there would be no history and no civilization as we know it. The Story of Writing is the first book to demystify writing for the general reader. In a succinct and absorbing text, Andrew Robinson explains the interconnection between sound, symbol and script, and goes on to discuss each of the major writing systems in turn, from cuneiform and Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs to alphabets and the scripts of China and Japan today. He explores "proto-writing, " including Ice Age symbols, tallies and Amerindian pictograms, and surveys the astonishing multiplicity of alphabets - not only Greek, Roman, Hebrew, Arabic and Indian scripts, but also the Cherokee "alphabet" and the writing of runes
  • Full coverage is given to the story of decipherment, and how the words of past ages have been brought back to life through the efforts of Champollion, Ventris and others. And in a provocative chapter devoted to as yet undeciphered scripts, Andrew Robinson challenges the reader: can the code of the Indus script, Cretan Linear A, the Phaistos Disc or Easter Island ever be broken? Armchair decipherers who read this book will be well placed to make discoveries that herald the next breakthrough
Cataloging source
AEC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Robinson, Andrew
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
P211
LC item number
.R63 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Writing
  • Alphabet
  • Hieroglyphics
  • Picture-writing
Label
The story of writing, Andrew Robinson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 218-219) and index
Contents
I. How Writing Works. Ch. 1. Reading the Rosetta Stone. Ch. 2. Sound, Symbol and Script. Ch. 3. Proto-Writing -- II. Extinct Writing. Ch. 4. Cuneiform. Ch. 5. Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Ch. 6. Linear B. Ch. 7. Mayan Glyphs. Ch. 8. Undeciphered Scripts -- III. Living Writing. Ch. 9. The First Alphabet. Ch. 10. New Alphabets From Old. Ch. 11. Chinese Writing. Ch. 12. Japanese Writing. Ch. 13. From Hieroglyphs to Alphabets - and Back?
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
224 p.
Isbn
9780500281567
Lccn
95060276
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u1348766-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) APX-5162
  • (OCoLC)42875295
Label
The story of writing, Andrew Robinson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 218-219) and index
Contents
I. How Writing Works. Ch. 1. Reading the Rosetta Stone. Ch. 2. Sound, Symbol and Script. Ch. 3. Proto-Writing -- II. Extinct Writing. Ch. 4. Cuneiform. Ch. 5. Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Ch. 6. Linear B. Ch. 7. Mayan Glyphs. Ch. 8. Undeciphered Scripts -- III. Living Writing. Ch. 9. The First Alphabet. Ch. 10. New Alphabets From Old. Ch. 11. Chinese Writing. Ch. 12. Japanese Writing. Ch. 13. From Hieroglyphs to Alphabets - and Back?
Dimensions
26 cm.
Extent
224 p.
Isbn
9780500281567
Lccn
95060276
Other physical details
ill. (some col.), maps
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u1348766-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) APX-5162
  • (OCoLC)42875295

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