The Mysteries of the Alphabet: The Origins of Writing

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Abbeville Press, 1999 - Art - 381 pages
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Why is A the first letter of the alphabet? Why is O round? This work tells how Protosinaic pictograms - derived from Egyptian heiroglyphics and discovered in the Sinai only at the beginning of the 20th century - changed throughout the millennia and left their trace on our alphabet.

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INTRODUCTION
11
PART
113
PART THRKK
349
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Ouaknin holds a doctorate in philosophy and is the director of the Centre de Recherches et d'Etudes Juives in Paris and an Associate Professor at the University of Bar-Han in Israel, where he teaches comparative literature.

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