The World On Paper: The Conceptual And Cognitive Implications Of Writing And Reading by David R. OlsonThe World On Paper: The Conceptual And Cognitive Implications Of Writing And Reading by David R. Olson

The World On Paper: The Conceptual And Cognitive Implications Of Writing And Reading

byDavid R. Olson

Paperback | September 13, 1996

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What role has writing played in the development of our modern understanding of language, nature and ourselves? Drawing on recent advances in history, anthropology, linguistics and psychology, the author offers a bold new perspective on how writing and reading have historically and developmentally altered our understanding of language, mind and nature. These understandings, Olson argues, are by-products of living in a "world on paper."
Title:The World On Paper: The Conceptual And Cognitive Implications Of Writing And ReadingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:340 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:September 13, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521575583

ISBN - 13:9780521575584

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Table of Contents

1. Demythologising literacy; 2. Theories of literacy and mind from Levy-Bruhl to Scribner and Cole; 3. Literacy and the conceptual revolutions of Classical Greece and Renaissance Europe; 4. What writing represents; 5. What writing doesn't represent; 6. The problem of interpretation; 7. A history of reading; 8. Reading the Book of Nature; 9. A history of written discourse; 10. Representing the world in maps, diagrams, formulas, pictures and texts; 11. Representing the mind; 12. The making of the literate mind.

From Our Editors

What role has writing played in the development of our modern understanding of language, nature, and ourselves? In the historical and developmental account, David Olson offers a new perspective on this process. Reversing the traditional assumption about the relation between speech and writing, he argues that writing provides an important model of the way we think about speech; that our consciousness of language is structured by our writing system. In addition, he argues that writing provides our dominant models for thinking about nature and the mind, and shows how our understanding of the world and our understanding of ourselves are by-products of our ways of creating and interpreting written texts. This challenging study draw in recent advances in history, anthropology, linguistics, and psychology.

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"...new perspective on the impact of writing on the development of our understanding of language, nature and ourselves....the book contains illustrations; it ties up various approaches to the problem and will certainly encourage further research in this field." Journal of Indo-European Studies