Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity
Discover the fascinating history of the written word-its invention, transmission from culture to culture, and evolution-in this interesting course by an anthropologist. Topics Covered:
- 1: What Is Writing?
- 2: The Origins and Development of Writing
- 3: Where Did Our Alphabet Come From?
- 4: The Fubark-A Germanic Alphabet
- 5: Chinese-A Logosyllabic Script
- 6: Japanese-The World's Most Complex Script
- 7: What Is Decipherment?
- 8: The Five Pillars of Decipherment
- 9: Epigraphic Illustration
- 10: The History of Language
- 11: Proper Nouns and Cultural Context
- 12: Bilinguals, Biscripts, and Other Constraints
- 13: Egyptian-The First Great Decipherment
- 14: What Do Egyptian Hieroglyphs Say?
- 15: Old Persian-Cuneiform Deciphered
- 16: What Does Cuneiform Say?
- 17: Mycenaean Linear B-An Aegean Syllabary
- 18: Mayan Glyphs-A New World Logosyllabary
- 19: What Do the Mayan Glyphs Say?
- 20: Aztec Hieroglyphs-A Recent Decipherment
- 21: Etruscan and Meroitic-Undeciphered Scripts
- 22: Han'gul, Tengwar, and Other Featural Scripts
- 23: Medium and Message
- 24: The Future of Writing