Syllabic Writing on Cyprus and its Context

Syllabic Writing on Cyprus and its Context
Author: Philippa M. Steele
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2013-03-28
Genre: Foreign Language Study
ISBN: 9781139620086

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This volume offers a new and interdisciplinary treatment of syllabic writing in ancient Cyprus. A team of distinguished scholars tackles epigraphic, palaeographic, linguistic, archaeological, historical and terminological problems relating to the island's writing systems in the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age, from the appearance of writing around the fifteenth century down to the end of the first millennium BC. The result is not intended to be a single, unified view of the scripts and their context, but rather a varied collection that demonstrates a range of interpretations of the evidence and challenges some of the longstanding or traditional views of the population of ancient Cyprus and its epigraphic habits. This is the first comprehensive account of the 'Cypro-Minoan' and 'Cypriot syllabic' scripts to appear in a single volume and forms an invaluable resource for anyone studying Cypriot epigraphy or archaeology.

Cognitive Psychology and Reading in the USSR

Cognitive Psychology and Reading in the USSR
Author: J. Downing
Publsiher: Elsevier
Total Pages: 470
Release: 1988-01-01
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 0080867030

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The ideas of Soviet specialists on the psychology and teaching of reading are here made available in English. The volume gives an overview of psychology and education in the U.S.S.R., and presents translations of the work of major Soviet authors, such as Elkonin and Luria. The contributions offer many valuable proposals for teaching literacy which are quite unique outside of the Soviet Union. A concluding chapter provides a commentary, tracing the links between these specialist contributions and the general cognitive theories of Vygotsky. The result of ten years of research, this book was completed by Professor Downing shortly before he passed away in June 1987.

Mother of Writing

Mother of Writing
Author: William A. Smalley,Chia Koua Vang,Gnia Yee Yang
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 221
Release: 1990-06-15
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0226762874

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In February of 1971, in the Laotian village of Nam Chia, a forty-one year old farmer named Shong Lue Yang was assassinated by government soldiers. Shong Lue claimed to have been descended of God and given the mission of delivering the first true Hmong alphabet. Many believed him to be the Hmong people's long-awaited messiah, and his thousands of followers knew him as "Mother (Source) of Writing." An anthropological linguist who has worked among the Hmong, William A. Smalley joins Shong Lue's chief disciple, Chia Koua Vang, and one of his associates, to tell the fascinating story of how the previously unschooled farmer developed his remarkable writing system through four stages of increasing sophistication. The uniqueness of Shong Lue's achievement is highlighted by a comparison of Shong Lue's writing system to other known Hmong systems and to the history of writing as a whole. In addition to a nontechnical linguistic analysis of the script and a survey of its current use, Mother of Writing provides an intriguing cultural account of Shong Lue's life. The book traces the twenty-year-long struggle to disseminate the script after Shong Lue's death, first by handwriting, then by primitive moveable type, an abortive attempt to design a wooden typewriter, and finally by modern wordprocessing. In a moving concluding chapter, Smalley discusses his own complex feelings about his coauthors' story.

Writing Systems

Writing Systems
Author: Florian Coulmas
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2003
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 0521787378

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This textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world - from cuneiform to English spelling.

History of Writing

History of Writing
Author: Steven Roger Fischer
Publsiher: Reaktion Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2003
Genre: History
ISBN: 1861891679

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We learn about it from our parents and teachers, we get better at it as we grow up, and in adult life we do it without a thought - writing.

Rethinking Writing

Rethinking Writing
Author: Roy Harris,Professor Roy Harris
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2000
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 0253337763

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"Roy Harris shows that the theory of writing adopted in modern linguistics is deeply flawed. Reversing the orthodox priorities, the author argues that writing is a far more powerful mode of linguistic communication than speech ever could be. His book is a major contribution to current debates about human communication written and spoken."--BOOK JACKET.

In the Beginning

In the Beginning
Author: Joel Hoffman
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2004-08-01
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780814737064

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Hebrew as a language is just over 3,000 years old, and the story of its alphabet is unique among the languages of the world. Hebrew set the stage for almost every modern alphabet, and was arguably the first written language simple enough for everyone, not just scribes, to learn, making it possible to make a written record available to the masses for the first time. Written language has existed for so many years—since around 3500 BCE—that most of us take it for granted. But as Hoffman reveals in this entertaining and informative work, even the idea that speech can be divided into units called “words” and that these words can be represented with marks on a page, had to be discovered. As Hoffman points out, almost every modern system of writing descends from Hebrew; by studying the history of this language, we can learn a good deal about how we express ourselves today. Hoffman follows and decodes the adventure that is the history of Hebrew, illuminating how the written record has survived, the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and ancient translations, and attempts to determine how the language actually sounded. He places these developments into a historical context, and shows their continuing impact on the modern world. This sweeping history traces Hebrew's development as one of the first languages to make use of vowels. Hoffman also covers the dramatic story of the rebirth of Hebrew as a modern, spoken language. Packed with lively information about language and linguistics and history, In the Beginning is essential reading for both newcomers and scholars interested in learning more about Hebrew and languages in general.

The Idea of Writing

The Idea of Writing
Author: Alex de Voogt,Irving L. Finkel
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2009-12-14
Genre: Reference
ISBN: 9789047427926

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This exploration of the versatility of writing systems highlights their complexity when they are used to represent loanwords, solve problems of polysemy or when they are adapted to be used for another language. The approaches from different academic traditions provide a varied but expert account.

Current Trends in Caucasian East European and Inner Asian Linguistics

Current Trends in Caucasian  East European  and Inner Asian Linguistics
Author: Dee Ann Holisky,Kevin Tuite
Publsiher: John Benjamins Publishing
Total Pages: 426
Release: 2003-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9789027247582

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This volume is a collection of seventeen papers, on languages of all three indigenous Caucasian families as well as other languages spoken in the territory of the former Soviet Union. Several papers are concerned with diachronic questions, either within individual families, or at deeper time depths. Some authors utilize their field data to address problems of general linguistic interest, such as reflexivization. A number of papers look at the evidence for contact-induced change in multilingual areas. Some of the most exciting contributions to the collection represent significant advances in the reconstruction of the prehistory of such understudied language families as Northeast Caucasian, Tungusic and the baffling isolate Ket. This book will be of interest not only to specialists in the indigenous languages of the former USSR, but also to historical and synchronic linguists seeking to familiarize themselves with the fascinating, typologically diverse languages from the interior of the Eurasian continent. Dee Ann Holisky is Professor of English and Linguistics, and Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the College of Arts & Sciences at George Mason University. She is the author of Aspect and Georgian Medial Verbs (Caravan Books, 1981) and of numerous articles on Georgian and Kartvelian linguistics. Kevin Tuite is Professor of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal. Among his books are An Anthology of Georgian Folk Poetry (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1994) and Ethnolinguistics and Anthropological Theory (co-edited with Christine Jourdan; Montréal: Éditions Fides, 2003).

The Study of Language

The Study of Language
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9781107152991

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Writing in Focus

Writing in Focus
Author: Florian Coulmas,Konrad Ehlich
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter
Total Pages: 411
Release: 1983-01-01
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9783110822830

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TRENDS IN LINGUISTICS is a series of books that open new perspectives in our understanding of language. The series publishes state-of-the-art work on core areas of linguistics across theoretical frameworks as well as studies that provide new insights by building bridges to neighbouring fields such as neuroscience and cognitive science. TRENDS IN LINGUISTICS considers itself a forum for cutting-edge research based on solid empirical data on language in its various manifestations, including sign languages. It regards linguistic variation in its synchronic and diachronic dimensions as well as in its social contexts as important sources of insight for a better understanding of the design of linguistic systems and the ecology and evolution of language. TRENDS IN LINGUISTICS publishes monographs and outstanding dissertations as well as edited volumes, which provide the opportunity to address controversial topics from different empirical and theoretical viewpoints. High quality standards are ensured through anonymous reviewing.

Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer

Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer
Author: Roger D. Woodard
Publsiher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Total Pages: 287
Release: 1997
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780195105209

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Certain characteristic features of the Cypriot script - for example, its strategy for representing consonant sequences and elements of Cypriot Greek phonology - were transferred to the new alphabetic script. Proposing a Cypriot origin of the alphabet at the hands of previously literate adapters brings clarity to various problems of the alphabet, such as the Greek use of the Phoenician sibilant letters. The alphabet, rejected by the post-Bronze Age "Mycenaean" culture of Cyprus, was exported west to the Aegean, where it gained a foothold among a then illiterate Greek people emerging from the Dark Age. Woodard's study, a combination of philological and epigraphical investigation with linguistic theory, should be of interest to both scholars and students of classics, linguistics, and Near Eastern studies.

United States Congressional Serial Set

United States Congressional Serial Set
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1908
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: UCAL:B3991055

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Serial set no 5001 5799

Serial set  no 5001 5799
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1908
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: UCAL:$B632408

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The Archaeology and Epigraphy of Indus Writing

The Archaeology and Epigraphy of Indus Writing
Author: Bryan K. Wells
Publsiher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 153
Release: 2015-02-06
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781784910471

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A detailed examination of the Indus script. It presents new analysis based on an expansive text corpus using revolutionary analytical techniques developed specifically for the purpose of deciphering the Indus script.