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History of Writing

History of Writing - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1861891679

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ISBN13: 978-1861891679
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Publisher: Reaktion Books Ltd. (UK)
Published: 2004
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History of Writing - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1861891679

Steven Roger Fischer

ISBN13: 978-1861891679
ISBN10: 1861891679
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Reaktion Books Ltd. (UK)

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, A History of Writing offers a fascinating investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world.

Commencing with the first stages of information storage, Fischer focuses on the emergence of complete writing systems in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC. He documents the rise of Phoenician and its effect on the Greek alphabet, generating the many alphabetic scripts of the West. Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese writing systems are dealt with in depth, as is writing in pre-Columbian America. Also explored are Western Europe's medieval manuscripts and the history of printing, leading to the innovations in technology and spelling rules of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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