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The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet (The Language Library Book 29) by [Gnanadesikan, Amalia E.]
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The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet (The Language Library Book 29) 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Length: 336 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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"Anyone interested in the development of writing, even without a background in linguistics, will find the book accessible, while linguists will appreciate the well chosen technical information that is included in the description of each individual system." (Language Documentation & Conservation, 2 December 2009)

"This informative, yet accessible and entertaining, book will be of interest to readers with an interest in the history and evolution of world languages, as well as to students and instructors looking for a comprehensive and enjoyable overview of the subject.." (Language in Society, 14 December 2009) Gnanadesikan writes about language s evolution into modernity with the rise of technology and the World Wide Web and how writing has made possible everything from complex bureaucracy to love letters. (Princeton Alumni Weekly Online, February 2009)


Writing is the most consequential technology ever invented. In this important book Amalia Gnanadesikan combines a fascinating narrative of human ingenuity with an up–to–date analysis of the world s most important writing systems.
Florian Coulmas, author of The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems

Gnanadesikan has written an excellent book describing the structures of the important writing systems of the world. The author has a gift for bringing dusty old scribes to life, showing their relevance in the history of writing, one of the major achievements of human beings. The writing is exceptionally clear, making it quite accessible to those without a strong technical knowledge of linguistics.
Henry Rogers, author of Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach

This is a rare find: a work of impeccable scholarship that is also enormously witty and entertaining.
John J. McCarthy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

After the invention of fire, writing has been humankind s greatest discovery. Complete in its coverage, fascinating in detail, and eloquently presented, this is the best single survey of the subject in print.
Michael Coe, author of Breaking the Maya Code

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (19 September 2011)
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  • Language: English
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