- Also check our best rated Children’s Book reviews
Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts Hardcover – 25 Apr 2002
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
' It is a fascinating story, splendidly told....I simply could not bring myself to put it down' -- Sir Patrick Moore, Astronomer
'A masterly book. Andrew Robinson takes us on a fascinating journey... Clearly written, dispassionate and entertaining' -- Brian Fagan, Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Santa Barbara
'Andrew Robinson has now followed up his beautifully illustrated 'The Story of Writing' with a highly appropriate sequel' -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
If you're a wanna be linguist, and perhaps the world's next Michael Ventris, you'll definitely want to read this book -- Focus Magazine, September 2002
`[A] must read'
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The book itself was a pleasure to read, easy flowing, informative and very well laid out. Infact I canï¿½t really find a fault with the book at all and easily give it 5 starsï¿½..
This book is not just for people who know the subject. I didnï¿½t know a thing about decipherment until I read this book, purely out of interest and I donï¿½t regret it.
The book does not only discuss the scripts themselves, but also tells the story of the people involved. It has a very good introduction in the various ways that you can write something; either using symbols representing things (e.g. Chinese) or representing sounds. The latter can be based on syllables (e.g. Japanese) or phonemes (e.g. Finnish). Combination are possible as well (e.g. English), and the author discusses extensively the problem of how to determine what kind of writing system is used.
The book has lots of illustrations and an extensive bibliography. Andrew Robinson has an engaging writing style, and gives neither too little information to be superficial nor too much to become boring (at least for a layman like me). If you are looking for a great introductory book on the decipherment of ancient scripts, then this is the one to buy.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews