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Writing and civilization: from ancient worlds to modernity / Marc Zender.

Zender, Marc. (Added Author).
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Great courses (DVD).

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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (24 video files (approximately 720 min.)) : sound, color.
  • Publisher: [United States] : The Great Courses : 2013.

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Formatted Contents Note:
Episode 19 What Do the Mayan Glyphs Say? Episode 7 What Is Decipherment? Episode 8 Five Pillars of Decipherment Episode 9 Epigraphic Illustration Episode 1 What Is Writing? Episode 10 History of Language Episode 15 Old Persian - Cuneiform Deciphered Episode 16 What Does Cuneiform Say? Episode 17 Mycenaean Linear B - An Aegean Syllabary Episode 18 Mayan Glyphs - A New World Logosyllabary Episode 21 Etruscan and Merot̐ic - Undeciphered Scripts Episode 22 Han'gul, Tengwar, and Other Featural Scripts Episode 23 Medium and Message Episode 3 Where Did Our Alphabet Come From? Episode 11 Proper Nouns and Cultural Context Episode 12 Bilinguals, Biscripts, and Other Constraints Episode 13 Egyptian - The First Great Decipherment Episode 14 What Do Egyptian Hieroglyphs Say? Episode 2 Origins and Development of Writing Episode 20 Aztec Hieroglyphs - A Recent Decipherment Episode 24 Future of Writing Episode 4 Fua̓rk - A Germanic Alphabet Episode 5 Chinese - A Logosyllabic Script Episode 6 Japanese - The World's Most Complex Script.
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Participant or Performer Note:
Lectures by Marc Zender, visiting assistant professor at Tulane.
Summary, etc.:
The written word is so central to modern life that it can seem as if it has always existed. Yet writing is a relatively recent invention. Trace the remarkable saga of 'visible speech' from its earliest origins to its future in the digital age. In this thrilling journey, viewers will explore how an array of sophisticated writing systems developed, then were adopted and adapted by surrounding cultures.
Target Audience Note:
Rated TVPG.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Writing > History.
Civilization > History.
Literacy > History.

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