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Powell, Barry B
Writing : theory and history of the technology of civilization / Barry B. Powell
Chichester, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, c2009
book jacket
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 4th Floor  P211 .P69 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Writing -- History
Alphabet -- History
Writing -- Social aspects
Physical Description xx, 276 p. : ill., maps, music ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-269) and index
Contents Introduction : a difficult topic, little studied, poorly understood -- What is writing? -- Writing with signs -- Categories and features of writing -- Some general issues in the study of writing -- Protocuneiform and counting tokens -- Origins of lexigraphic writing in Mesopotamia -- Plato's Ideas and Champollion's decipherment of the Egyptian hieroglyphs -- Egyptian writing and Egyptian speech -- The origin and nature of Egyptian writing -- "The house of life" : scribes and writing in ancient Egypt -- Syllabic scripts of the Aegean -- The West Semitic revolution -- What kind of writing was West Semitic? -- The origins of West Semitic writing -- Chinese logography -- Lexigraphic writing in Mesoamerica -- The Greek alphabet : a writing that changed the world -- Summary and conclusions

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