Writing : theory and history of the technology of civilization / Barry B. Powell.
By: Powell, Barry BPublisher: Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.Description: xx, 276 p. : ill., maps, music ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781405162562 (hardcover : alk. paper); 1405162562 (hardcover : alk. paper)Subject(s): Writing -- History | Alphabet -- History | Writing -- Social aspectsDDC classification: 411.09
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -269) and index.
Introduction : a difficult topic, little studied, poorly understood -- What is writing? -- Writing with signs -- Categories and features of writing -- Some general issues in the study of writing -- Protocuneiform and counting tokens -- Origins of lexigraphic writing in Mesopotamia -- Plato's Ideas and Champollion's decipherment of the Egyptian hieroglyphs -- Egyptian writing and Egyptian speech -- The origin and nature of Egyptian writing -- "The house of life" : scribes and writing in ancient Egypt -- Syllabic scripts of the Aegean -- The West Semitic revolution -- What kind of writing was West Semitic? -- The origins of West Semitic writing -- Chinese logography -- Lexigraphic writing in Mesoamerica -- The Greek alphabet : a writing that changed the world -- Summary and conclusions.