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The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet

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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, maki
Paperback, 322 pages
Published November 10th 2008 by Wiley-Blackwell
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May 24, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent, concise history of the writing systems of the world. Although it's pretty densely packed with information and takes a while to get through, it's presented very well and the writing is accessible and interesting. I was a linguistics major, so I may have a bit of a leg up on some of the concepts, but I think it would be pretty understandable to someone with less experience too. The hypothetical story of how the Greeks derived their alphabet was a little plodding and anno ...more
Paula Nunes
Aug 10, 2015 Paula Nunes rated it it was amazing
I'm a linguist, so I had no trouble reading this book. It's very interesting, clear in its explanations, full of examples, but I really don't know if a lay would be able to read it. Still, for those interested in languages, especially in writing, it's a fascinating work.
Robert Murphy
Aug 25, 2014 Robert Murphy rated it it was amazing
This is a completely wonderful book. The vocabulary is a little academic, so I wouldn't recommend this to the non-college educated, but it cannot beat for scope and style. I only wish I had read this before attempting Akkadian: the radically different origins of writing systems are practically inconceivable to modern people. If I ever become a Hebrew/Language professor, this will be my require prose textbook. Highly recommended.
So Hakim
Mar 22, 2015 So Hakim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: culture, atf
This is probably among the most fascinating books I ever read. The author did excellent job dissecting the history of written language, their evolutionary paths, and -- most impressively -- how to read them based on current archaeological knowledge. A very delightful read about archaeology of written language.

Ps: this book needs more mainstream recognition!
Very interesting, somewhat technical. Lots of pictures and some maps.
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