The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts: History and Techniques / Edition 1

The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts: History and Techniques / Edition 1

by Michelle P. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 080208172X

ISBN-13: 9780802081728

Pub. Date: 06/20/1998

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Writing is about communication. In our multimedia age, it co-exists with a developed oral culture of telecommunications, film and recorded sound. Through our television screens and popular press, it interrelates with sound and image in complex ways. Writing is nonetheless as important as ever as the principal conveyor of information, unlocking the secrets of human

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Overview

Writing is about communication. In our multimedia age, it co-exists with a developed oral culture of telecommunications, film and recorded sound. Through our television screens and popular press, it interrelates with sound and image in complex ways. Writing is nonetheless as important as ever as the principal conveyor of information, unlocking the secrets of human knowledge and identity.

In The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts: History and Techniques, Michelle P. Brown surveys the many forms in which writing has evolved in East and West, the tools and materials used, and how they have influenced the development of scripts. She examines particularly the processes involved in the production of the medieval book in the West, and assesses the impact of later technological developments in communication on the current state of writing and its future.

With over 70 colour and black-and-white illustrations, The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts: History and Techniques is one of a series of titles providing accessible and lively introductions to the practical aspects of the history of books and how they are made.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802081728
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
06/20/1998
Series:
British Library Guides Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
92
Product dimensions:
7.47(w) x 9.66(h) x 0.32(d)

Table of Contents

1Why writing?7
Systems of information transmission and the relationship between thought, sound, word and image7
Oral tradition8
Mnemonic and other simple forms of graphic message transmission11
Pictography (picture writing) and literal graphic representation12
Logography, the rebus and the development of ideography (thought writing)15
Mixed systems (cuneiform and hieroglyphic)23
Phonography (sound writing): the phonetic systems (syllabic, consonantal and alphabetical)28
Ancient Mediterranean syllabic scripts29
Consonantal and alphabetical scripts30
The western alphabet35
The creation of scripts to suit languages42
Deciphering scripts45
2Form and function50
The technology of writing and the materials used51
3Writing in the West66
Making a medieval illuminated manuscript: techniques and stages of production66
The people behind the words70
The evolution of western scripts78
4Where is writing going?88
Further reading93
Index94

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