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Title: The Writing Revolution
Subtitle: Cuneiform to the Internet
Written By: Amalia E. Gnanadesikan
Series Title: The Language Library

In a world of rapid technological advancements, it can be easy to forget
that writing is the original Information Technology, created to transcend
the limitations of human memory and to defy time and space. The Writing
Revolution picks apart the development of this communication tool to show
how it has conquered the world.

-Explores how writing has liberated the world, making possible everything
from complex bureaucracy, literature, and science, to instruction manuals
and love letters

-Draws on an engaging range of examples, from the first cuneiform clay
tablet, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Japanese syllabaries, to the printing
press and the text messaging

-Weaves together ideas from a number of fields, including history, cultural
studies and archaeology, as well as linguistics and literature, to create
an interdisciplinary volume

-Traces the origins of each of the world’s major written traditions, along
with their applications, adaptations, and cultural influences

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

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1405154071
ISBN-13: 9781405154079
Pages: 328
Prices: U.S. $ 34.95