Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts

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Thames & Hudson, 2009 - Extinct languages - 352 pages
Beginning with the stories of three great decipherments Egyptian hieroglyphs, Minoan Linear B and Mayan glyphs Lost Languages moves on to dissect the most well-known and enigmatic undeciphered scripts from around the world. They include the Etruscan alphabet of Italy, the Indus Valley seal script, Rongorongo from remote Easter Island, the Zapotec script of Mexico (probably the first writing system in the Americas), and the unique Phaistos disc of Crete. Lost Languages reports from the front lines of scholarship where obsessions, genius, occasional delusion and sometimes bitter rivalry are de rigueur among those currently competing for the rare honour of cracking these ancient codes and giving voice to forgotten worlds.

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User Review  - David C. - Christianbook.com

Having majored in linguistics in college and studied Koine Greek, Classical Hebrew and Modern Arabic, I purchased this book based on the catalog description. It was all that I hoped, even more. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - xenchu - LibraryThing

This is a good book for discovering the basic of deciphering the scripts, glyphs and alphabets of lost languages. It is about the people, the process and the politics of decipherment. For someone with no knowledge of decipherment and lost languages, this book is excellent. Read full review

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