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8. Scribes and materials

8. Scribes and materials  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0008
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9780199567782
Writing is a universal skill, but it can also be an art form. Almost every literate society has a class of professional scribes who are also artists. In ancient Mesopotamia scribes were ... More
4. Decipherment and undeciphered scripts

4. Decipherment and undeciphered scripts  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0004
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9780199567782
In a technical sense, ‘decipher’ means different things to different scholars. At one end of the spectrum lies Egyptian script which is more or less completely decipherable with just a ... More
1. Writing and its emergence

1. Writing and its emergence  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0001
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9780199567782
We do not need written communication to survive. However, in history, even the most complex society has developed a script or scripts. Writing is a defining marker of civilization. Writing ... More
3. Disappearance of scripts

3. Disappearance of scripts  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0003
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9780199567782
We know more about the death of scripts than we do about their birth. No single theory can encompass why scripts flourish or vanish. Many aspects influence the survival or disappearance of ... More
5. How writing systems work

5. How writing systems work  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780191777509
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0005
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9780199567782
‘How writing systems work’ looks at the history of the academic study of decipherment. Writing systems vary in complexity from European and American alphabetic signs, numerals, punctuation ... More
9. Writing goes electronic

9. Writing goes electronic  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0009
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9780199567782
Electronic writing whether in English, Chinese, Japanese or German, uses the concepts of phoneticism, logography, rebus, and abbreviation, techniques used in ancient Mesopotamia. Computing ... More
2. Development and diffusion of writing

2. Development and diffusion of writing  

Andrew Robinson

in Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2009
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.003.0002
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chapter
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9780199567782
After writing had been ‘invented’ in Mesopotamia, or Egypt, it diffused across the world. Did it go eastwards to India, China, and Japan? Did it go westwards to Europe and Meso-America? Or ... More
Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction

Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew Robinson

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2009
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777509
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199567782.001.0001
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book
ISBN: 
9780199567782
Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction explains how early forms of writing developed into hundreds of scripts including the Roman alphabet and Chinese characters. ... More

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