The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 13, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 328 pages
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In a world of rapid technological advancements, it can be easy to forget that writing is the original Information Technology, created to transcend the limitations of human memory and to defy time and space. The Writing Revolution picks apart the development of this communication tool to show how it has conquered the world.
  • Explores how writing has liberated the world, making possible everything from complex bureaucracy, literature, and science, to instruction manuals and love letters
  • Draws on an engaging range of examples, from the first cuneiform clay tablet, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Japanese syllabaries, to the printing press and the text messaging
  • Weaves together ideas from a number of fields, including history, cultural studies and archaeology, as well as linguistics and literature, to create an interdisciplinary volume
  • Traces the origins of each of the world’s major written traditions, along with their applications, adaptations, and cultural influences
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations Preface
The First IT Revolution
Forgotten Legacy of a Forgotten People
A Love of Paperwork
Calendars of Kings
The Clerks of Agamemnon
Three Scripts are Better than
Seguoyah ReverseEngineers 9 The Semitic Alphabet Egypt to Manchuria in 3400
The Empire of Sanskrit
King Seiongs OneMan Renaissance 12 Greek Serendipity
The Age of Latin
The Alphabet Meets the Machine
Further Reading
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Amalia E. Gnanadesikan teaches writing at Holy Family University and has taught linguistics at West Chester and Rutgers universities. Her theoretical publications include works in phonology and language acquisition. Her column on language, "Postcards from Babel", appears in The Vocabula Review.

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