Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization

Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization

Author(s): Barry B. Powell

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012 11:52AM EST

Print ISBN: 9781405162562

Online ISBN: 9781118293515

DOI: 10.1002/9781118293515

About this Book

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

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