Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization traces the origins of writing tied to speech from ancient Sumer through the Greek alphabet and beyond. * Examines the earliest evidence for writing in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC, the origins of purely phonographic systems, and the mystery of alphabetic writing * Includes discussions of Ancient Egyptian,Chinese, and Mayan writing * Shows how the structures of writing served and do serve social needs and in turn create patterns of social behavior * Clarifies the argument with many illustrations
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 374 g
Dimensions: 227 x 153 x 14 mm
"For anyone interested in language, writing, and their fascinating history across many cultures and centuries of development, this engagingly written, well-illustrated book will provide a very readable mine of information." ("CHOICE, " December 2009)"Powell's concentration on precise names for terms used in discourse clears up some of the confusion common to histories of work on ancient scripts." ("About.com", May 2009)
"A feature ... is the use of the ancient scripts in the text with numerous illustrations to familiarize the reader with the different writing systems. The result is a readable and enlightening study of a complex topic." ("Bryn Mawr Classical Review, " April 2010)
""Writing is stimulating and impressive." (Science, " April 2009")"