Semitic writing from pictograph to alphabet, Volume 37
Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 1976 - Foreign Language Study - 276 pages
This is the third edition of the late Sir Godfrey Driver's Schweich Lectures, first delivered in 1944. The present edition is based on extensive revisions and additions made by the author himself.The third edition takes account of research and discoveries in the fields of Semitic epigraphy and the theory of writing. It deals with cuneiform scripts, the origins of alphabetic writing, its development from the earliest records until its transmission to the Greeks, and covers all the more important North-Semitic inscriptions. Theories regarding forms of letters, their names, place in the alphabetical sequence etc. are discussed at length.
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Source and date of the earliest inscribed tablets
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A.Of Accadian Ahiram Albright in B.A.S.O.R. ancient Arab Aram Aramaean Aramaic archaic Assurbanipal Assyrian Babylonian Beth-Shemesh Byblian Byblos century B.C. clay clay-tablets columns connexion consonant consonantal cuneiform script cuneiform signs dated Deimel depicted Diringer documents Dunand dynasty earliest early Ebeling Egypt Egyptian hieroglyphs Ethiopic example explained Falkenstein forms Gebal Gezer Greek alphabet hand Hebr Hebrew Hittite ibid inscribed inscriptions invention inventors Jamdat Nasr king Lachish Langdon language leather Lidzbarski lines marks meaning Moabite Neo-Babylonian O.Lz objects obverse origin Palestine papyrus perhaps period Phoen Phoenician alphabet Phoenician letters phonetic pictographic Plate potsherd resemble Scheil scribes seals Semitic alphabet Semitic languages Shuruppak side signs representing Sinaitic Soden sounds South-Semitic stone strokes stylus suggests Sumerian syllabary syllabic symbols Thureau-Dangin Ugaritic alphabet Ugaritic signs Ungnad Uruk vertical vowels wedges West-Semitic words writing written Zinjirlu