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  • Author(s)Barry B. Powell
  • SubtitleTheory and History of the Technology of Civilization
  • Edition1
  • Published27th March 2009
  • PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons (UK)
  • ISBN9781405162562

Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization

Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of
Civilization
traces the origins of writing tied to speech from
ancient Sumer through the Greek alphabet and beyond.


  • Examines the earliest evidence for writing in Mesopotamia in
    the fourth millennium BC, the origins of purely phonographic
    systems, and the mystery of alphabetic writing


  • Includes discussions of Ancient Egyptian,Chinese, and Mayan
    writing


  • Shows how the structures of writing served and do serve social
    needs and in turn create patterns of social behavior


  • Clarifies the argument with many illustrations

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