History of Writing

History of Writing

by Steven Roger Fischer
     
 

ISBN-10: 1861891679

ISBN-13: 9781861891679

Pub. Date: 04/15/2004

Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited

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

Overview

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 19th and 20th centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861891679
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
04/15/2004
Series:
Reaktion Books - Globalities Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. From Notches to Tablets
2. Talking Art
3. Speaking Systems
4. From Alpha to Omega
5. The East Asian 'Regenesis'
6. The Americas
7. The Parchment Keyboard
8. Scripting the Future
References
Select Bibliography
Illustration Acknowledgements
Index

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