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The Writing Revolution

Author : Amalia E. Gnanadesikan
ISBN : 9781444359855
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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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

Political Correctness

Author : Geoffrey Hughes
ISBN : 9781444360295
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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In this carefully researched, thought-provoking book, Geoffrey Hughes examines the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life. Focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of political correctness, it will intrigue anyone interested in this ongoing debate. A unique and intriguing journey through the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life, focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of what PC means Explores the origins, progress, content and style of political correctness, discussing and analyzing around one hundred terms and lexical formations, from Chaucer and Shakespeare, Marlowe and Swift, to nursery rhymes, rap and Spike Lee films, David Mamet, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Larkin Offers a detailed semantic analysis of the way that key words have been exploited both to advance the agendas of political correctness and to refute them

The History Of English Spelling

Author : Christopher Upward
ISBN : 9781444342970
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The History of English Spelling reveals the history of Modern English spelling, tracing its origins and development from Old English up to the present day. Includes a wealth of information and data on English spelling not available anywhere else Features a complementary website with additional material at www.historyofenglishspelling.info Includes detailed coverage of the contributions from French, Latin, Greek - and the many other languages - to our current orthography Serves as a companion volume to Geoffrey Hughes's A History of English Words in the same series

Dying Words

Author : Nicholas Evans
ISBN : 9781444359619
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The next century will see more than half of the world’s 6,000 languages become extinct, and most of these will disappear without being adequately recorded. Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, this fascinating book explores what humanity stands to lose as a result. Explores the unique philosophy, knowledge, and cultural assumptions of languages, and their impact on our collective intellectual heritage Questions why such linguistic diversity exists in the first place, and how can we can best respond to the challenge of recording and documenting these fragile oral traditions while they are still with us Written by one of the leading figures in language documentation, and draws on a wealth of vivid examples from his own field experience Brings conceptual issues vividly to life by weaving in portraits of individual ‘last speakers’ and anecdotes about linguists and their discoveries

Library World Records 3d Ed

Author : Godfrey Oswald
ISBN : 9781476667775
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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[What is the name of oldest public libraries in all of the different continents of the world? In what year was the first CD-ROM book released? In what years were the first books printed in French, Thai, Japanese, Arabic and Turkish printed? What are the name of the oldest extant texts or inscriptions written in Chinese, English, Russian, and Spanish? When was the first major computer database used in libraries? What is the title of the largest and smallest and most expensive books ever published? Where in the world is the world's busiest public library? Which famous horror fiction writer worked in a library? What are the names of the very first three books to contain photographs? Where are the tallest bookstores and library buildings in the world? This updated and expanded edition provides over 500 fascinating facts about libraries, periodicals, books and reference databases. The new book is not just a book about library and book comparisons, it is a remarkable story of libraries and books from the earliest times to the present. It is best described as a Guinness Book of Records for libraries and books.]

The Routledge Handbook Of Scripts And Alphabets

Author : George L Campbell
ISBN : 9781135222963
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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The Routledge Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets is a unique reference to the main scripts and alphabets of the world. The Handbook presents over 60 alphabets covering an enormous scope of languages; from Amharic and Chinese to Thai and Cree. Full script tables are given for every language and each entry is accompanied by a detailed overview of its historical and linguistic context. New to this second edition: enhanced introduction discussing the basic principles and strategies utilized by world writing systems expanded to include more writing systems improved presentation of non-Roman scripts. organised into ancient, contemporary and autochthonous writing systems many new entries on fascinating and lesser-known writing systems This handy resource is the ideal reference for all students and scholars of language and linguistics. It has been brought to our attention that in some of the copies of the book there is an alignment error in the tables for Cyrillic Scripts (pages 88-90) and Roman Scripts (pages 140-44). Please contact us at [email protected] to receive replacement copies of the corrected tables, free of charge. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Books In Print 2009 2010

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ISBN : 0835250199
Genre : Publishers' catalogs
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The Story Of Writing

Author : Andrew Robinson
ISBN : 0500286604
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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An accessible discussion of the major writing systems of the world explains the interconnection between sound, symbols, and script while providing a history of decipherment that traces in the latest edition the most recent discoveries and how they have impacted the modern world's understanding of writing throughout time. Original.

Illinois Libraries

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ISBN : UOM:39015079651553
Genre : Libraries
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Includes proceedings of the Illinois Library Association.

Writing

Author : Barry B. Powell
ISBN : 9781118293492
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Writing: Theory and History of the Technology ofCivilization traces the origins of writing tied to speech fromancient Sumer through the Greek alphabet and beyond. Examines the earliest evidence for writing in Mesopotamia inthe fourth millennium BC, the origins of purely phonographicsystems, and the mystery of alphabetic writing Includes discussions of Ancient Egyptian,Chinese, and Mayanwriting Shows how the structures of writing served and do serve socialneeds and in turn create patterns of social behavior Clarifies the argument with many illustrations

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