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Palaeography (history of writing)

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Epigraphic Approaches to Indus Writing

Epigraphic Approaches to Indus Writing

Author: Bryan Wells Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2011

Epigraphic Approaches to Indus Writing is a comprehensive look at one of the last undeciphered Old World scripts. It has defied decipherment for 90 years because of the terse nature of the texts and the lack of a comprehensive corpus and detailed sign list. This book presents the analysis of a comprehensive, computer-based corpus using the most detailed sign list yet compiled for the Indus script. Custom computer programs allowed the verification of the sign list and the compilation of statistics regarding sign distribution and use. Among the questions addressed are: How do you create an epigraphic database? How do you define a sign? What is the Indus number system like? Where did the Indus script come from and what is the Indus language(s)? Bryan Wells is an archaeologist, epigrapher and geographer who has excavated on the west and east coasts of North America and in Baluchistan (Pakistan). Wells has studied the Indus script since 1992, and holds a PhD in anthropology from Harvard University.

The Disappearance of Writing Systems

The Disappearance of Writing Systems

Author: John Baines Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2010

This volume gathers papers from the first conference ever to be held on the disappearance of writing systems, in Oxford in March 2004. While the invention and decipherment of writing systems have long been focuses of research, their eclipse or replacement have been little studied. Because writing is so important in many cultures and civilizations, its disappearance - followed by a period without it or by replacement by a different writing system - is of almost equal significance to invention as a mark of radical change. Probably more writing systems have disappeared than survived in the last five thousand years. Case studies from the Old and New Worlds are presented, ranging over periods from the first millennium BC to the present. In order to address many types of transmission, the broadest possible definition of 'writing' is used, notably including Mexican pictography and the Andean khipu system. One chapter discusses the larger proportion of known human societies which have not possessed complex material codes like writing, offering an alternative perspective on the long-term transmission of socially salient subjects. There is a concluding essay that draws out common themes and offers an initial synthesis of results. The volume offers a new perspective on approaches to writing that will be significant for the understanding of writing systems and their social functions, literacy, memory, and high-cultural communication systems in general.

Writing Arabic

Writing Arabic

Author: Stefan Moginet Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2010

This is a history of the formation of Arabic letters from the earliest styles to modern computer fonts. This book, abundantly illustrated with examples of Arabic handwriting, calligraphy, and typography, clearly presents the development of Arabic writing styles, from the beginning with reed pens to twenty-first century computerized typesetting. The author explains the importance of writing instruments and the surfaces onto which letters are inscribed, including the particular challenges introduced with the innovation of the printing press, and later the computer. Arabic Writing will interest not only those interested in the extraordinary history of writing, but also graphic designers, calligraphers, and visual artists, enabling an understanding of the development of existing styles, and providing a foundation from which new logotypes and character fonts can be designed.

Women as Scribes

Women as Scribes

Author: Alison I. (College of William and Mary, Virginia) Beach Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2009

Professor Beach's book on female scribes in twelfth-century Bavaria - a full-length study of the role of women copyists in the Middle Ages - is underpinned by the notion that the scriptorium was central to the intellectual revival of the Middle Ages and that women played a role in this renaissance. The author examines the exceptional quantity of evidence of female scribal activity in three different religious communities, pointing out the various ways in which the women worked - alone, with other women, and even alongside men - to produce books for monastic libraries, and discussing why their work should have been made visible, whereas that of other female scribes remains invisible. Beach's focus on manuscript production, and the religious, intellectual, social and economic factors which shaped that production, enables her to draw wide-ranging conclusions of interest not only to palaeographers but also to those interested in reading, literacy, religion and gender history.

A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology

A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology

Author: Peter (Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, University of London) Beal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2009

This is the first Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology ever to be published. Dealing with the subject of documentation - which affects everyone's lives (from every-day letters, notes, and shopping lists to far-reaching legal instruments, if not autograph literary masterpieces) - Peter Beal defines, in a lively and accessible style, some 1,500 terms relating to manuscripts and their production and use in Britain from 1450 to the present day. The entries, which range in length from one line to nearly a hundred lines each, cover terms defining types of manuscript, their physical features and materials, writing implements, writing surfaces, scribes and other writing agents, scripts, postal markings, and seals, as well as subjects relating to literature, bibliography, archives, palaeography, the editing and printing of manuscripts, dating, conservation, and such fields as cartography, commerce, heraldry, law, and military and naval matters. The book includes 96 illustrations showing many of the features described.

Deciphering the Indus Script

Deciphering the Indus Script

Author: Asko (University of Helsinki) Parpola Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2009

Of the writing systems of the ancient world which still await deciphering, the Indus script is the most important. It developed in the Indus or Harappan Civilization, which flourished c. 2500-1900 BC in and around modern Pakistan, collapsing before the earliest historical records of South Asia were composed. Nearly 4,000 samples of the writing survive, mainly on stamp seals and amulets, but no translations. Professor Parpola is the chief editor of the Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions. His ideas about the script, the linguistic affinity of the Harappan language, and the nature of the Indus religion are informed by a remarkable command of Aryan, Dravidian, and Mesopotamian sources, archaeological materials, and linguistic methodology. His fascinating study confirms that the Indus script was logo-syllabic, and that the Indus language belonged to the Dravidian family.

Scottish Handwriting 1150-1650

Scottish Handwriting 1150-1650

Author: Grant Simpson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2009

Reading original documents is the only way to achieve a sound basis in historical studies and to acquire a true perspective on cultural evolution. Much modern research has been applied to Scotland's history, but until this volume there has been no comprehensive study of the country's handwriting for nearly 250 years. The main body of this book consists of facsimile texts, each facing a detailed transcript and commentary. The historical background of handwriting usage is surveyed in the introduction, with emphasis on changing fashions. There is also guidance on how to deal with early language and abbreviations. The principal aim is to assist research students, local historians, genealogists and calligraphers in their studies; but this work also recovers a lost chapter in the history of Scottish studies.

Alpha Beta

Alpha Beta

Author: John Man Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/03/2009

The idea behind the alphabet - that language with all its wealth of meaning can be recorded with a few meaningless signs - is an extraordinary one. So extraordinary, in fact, that it has occurred only once in human history: in Egypt about 4000 years ago. Alpha Beta follows the emergence of the western alphabet as it evolved into its present form, contributing vital elements to our sense of identity along the way. The Israelites used it to define their God, the Greeks to capture their myths, the Romans to display their power. And today, it seems on the verge of yet another expansion through the internet. Tracking the alphabet as it leaps from culture to culture, John Man weaves discoveries, mysteries and controversies into a story of fundamental historical significance.

The Harley Psalter

The Harley Psalter

Author: William (University of Cambridge) Noel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/01/2009

This is a fascinating study of the making of the Harley Psalter, an illustrated manuscript which was produced at Christ Church, Canterbury, over a period of about 100 years, from c. 1020 to c. 1130. The Harley Psalter was closely based on the Utrecht Psalter, the most celebrated of all Carolingian illuminated manuscripts. Through meticulous observation of the Harley Psalter, William Noel analyses how the artists and scribes worked with each other and with their manuscript exemplars in making their illustrated text. The author demonstrates that this work is best understood not as a copy of the Utrecht Psalter, but rather as one of a series of Anglo-Saxon manuscript experiments that incorporated its imagery. This is a crucial work for understanding the development of art, script and book making during what has been termed the 'golden age' of Anglo-Saxon art.

YAzyk pocherka  ili Problemy na bumage (in Russian Language)

YAzyk pocherka ili Problemy na bumage (in Russian Language)

Author: Gol'dberg Inessa Igorevna Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

V sed'moj knige serii "e;Sekrety pocherka"e; izrail'skij grafolog Inessa Gol'dberg predlagaet s pomocsh'yu analiza pocherka vyyavit' razlichnye psihologicheskie problemy lichnosti. Krome osnovnyh priemov grafoanaliza avtor ispol'zuet dopolnitel'nye grafologicheskie metody (testy risunki) pozvolyayucshie sudit' o psihologicheskom cennostnom i social'nom aspektah lichnosti vyyavit' psihologicheskie sboi ne tol'ko u vzroslogo cheloveka no i rebenka. Preimucshestvo knigi v tom chto ona napisana prostym i dostupnym yazykom. Predlagaemye svedeniya budut interesny prakticheskim psihologam vracham pedagogam vospitatelyam a takzhe vsem kto interesuetsya grafologiej i stremitsya razobrat'sya v sebe s pomocsh'yu vozmozhnostej analiza pocherka.

Tajny pocherka  ili CHto na rodu napisano (in Russian Language)

Tajny pocherka ili CHto na rodu napisano (in Russian Language)

Author: Gol'dberg Inessa Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

SHestaya kniga iz serii "e;Sekrety pocherka"e; izrail'skogo grafologa Inessy Gol'dberg posvyacshena izucheniyu roli vrozhdennyh osobennostej individuuma i priobretennyh chert lichnosti v sud'be i haraktere s pomocsh'yu vozmozhnostej analiza pocherka. Predlagaemye svedeniya budut interesny prakticheskim psihologam menedzheram po personalu pedagogam vracham i vsem kto interesuetsya grafologiej i stremitsya poznat' sebya i svoe prednaznachenie.

Giles of Rome's De regimine principum

Giles of Rome's De regimine principum

Author: Charles F. (Georgia Southern University) Briggs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2008

From the time of its composition (c.1280) for Philip the Fair of France until the early sixteenth century, Giles of Rome's mirror of princes, the De regimine principum, was read by both lay and clerical readers in the original Latin and in several vernacular translations, and served as model or source for several works of princely advice. This study examines the relationship between this didactic political text and its audience by focusing on the textual and material aspects of the surviving manuscript copies, as well as on the evidence of ownership and use found in them and in documentary and literary sources. Briggs argues that lay readers used De regimine for several purposes, including as an educational treatise and military manual, whereas clerics, who often first came into contact with it at university, glossed, constructed apparatus for, and modified the text to suit their needs in their later professional lives.