First Writing Script Invention as History and Process
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Although ancient writing offers our first glimpse of history, people and institutions, its origins remain mysterious. This book presents the most up-to-date analysis of the origins of ancient writing. Studying often neglected writing systems, such as those of Mesoamerica, leading scholars collectively discuss how these scripts came into existence and developed during their first centuries of use. Egypt, Mesopotamia, Elamite, Mesoamerica and the Maya, Shang and Runic are represented.
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/24/2008
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
|Orientation and Theory|
|Overture of the first writing|
|The possibility and actuality of writing|
|Writing systems: a case study in cultural evolution|
|Case Studies of Primary and Secondary Script Formation|
|Babylonian beginnings: the origin of the cuneiform writing system in comparative perspective Jerrold Cooper|
|The state of decipherment of Proto-Elamite|
|The earliest Egyptian writing: development, context, purpose|
|Anyang writing and the origin of the Chinese writing system|
|Writing on shell and bone in Shang China Frantoise BottTro|
|Reasons for runes|
|Writing in Early Mesopotamia|
|Beyond writing Elizabeth Hill Boone|
|Final thoughts on writing|