Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 27, 2009

byAndrew Robinson

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Without writing, there would be no records, no history, no books, and no emails. Writing is an integral and essential part of our lives; but when did it start? Why do we all write differently and how did writing develop into what we use today?All of these questions are answered in this Very Short Introduction. Starting with the origins of writing five thousand years ago, with cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs, Andrew Robinson explains how these early forms of writing developed into hundreds of scripts including the Roman alphabet andthe Chinese characters. He reveals how the modern writing symbols and abbreviations we take for granted today - including airport signage and text messaging - resemble ancient ones much more closely than we might think.

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Without writing, there would be no records, no history, no books, and no emails. Writing is an integral and essential part of our lives; but when did it start? Why do we all write differently and how did writing develop into what we use today?All of these questions are answered in this Very Short Introduction. Starting with the origins...

Andrew Robinson is a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and holds degrees from Oxford University and the School of Oriental Studies, London. He is now a full-time writer who has worked in book publishing, television and journalism, most recently as Literary Editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement from 1994-2006. His...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.02 inPublished:September 27, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567786

ISBN - 13:9780199567782

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Table of Contents

1. Writing and its emergence2. Development and diffusion of writing3. Disappearance of scripts4. Decipherment and undeciphered scripts5. How writing systems work6. Alphabets7. Chinese and Japanese writing8. Scribes and materials9. Writing goes electronicChronology: 3300 BC to AD 2000ReferencesFurther readingIndex