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The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet (The Language Library) by [Gnanadesikan, Amalia E.]
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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)

"In The writing revolution: Cuneiform to the internet, an engaging book that combines accuracy and readability better than any other work on orthographic practices across time and space, Amalia E. Gnanadesikan concurs with the usual view that the complex calendrical system of the Maya′s predecessors, the Olmec, was the intellectual stimulus′ (80) for the development of writing in Mesoamerica, which she discusses in Ch. 5, Maya glyphs: Calendars of kings′." (Language, 2011)

"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)


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
  • File Size: 3861 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (19 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,213,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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