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Title Writing and civilization [(DVD) videorecording] : from ancient worlds to modernity / Marc Zender.

Publication Info. Chantilly, Va : Teaching Company, 2013.
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 95th Street Adult Great Courses  306.44 WRI    AVAILABLE
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Description 4 videodiscs (approximately 720 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guidebook (volumes, 232 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm).
Series Great courses. Literature & language
Great courses (DVD). Literature and language.
Note 24 lectures (30 min. each).
Teaching Company: PD2241A.
Contents Disc 1. What is writing -- The origins and development of writing -- Where did our alphabet come from? -- The fubark : a German alphabet -- Chinese : a logosyllabic script -- Japanese : the world's mos complex script.
Disc 2. What is decipherment? -- The five pillars of decipherment -- Epigraphic illustration -- The history of language -- Proper nouns and cultural context -- Bilinguals, biscripts, and other constraints.
Disc 3. Egyptian : the first great decipherment -- What do Egyptian hieroglyphs say? -- Old Persian : cuneiform deciphered -- What does cuneiform say? -- Mycenaean linear B : an ancient syllabary -- Mayan glyphs : a new world logosyllabary.
Disc 4. What do the Mayan glyphs say? -- Aztec hieroglyphs : a recent decipherment -- Etruscan and Meroitic : undeciphered scripts -- Han'gul, Tengwar, and other featural scripts -- Medium and message -- The future of writing.
Performer Lectures by Marc Zender, visiting assistant professor at Tulane.
Summary In this course, you'll trace the remarkable saga of the invention and evolution of "visible speech," from its earliest origins to its future in the digital age. Professor Marc Zender--Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University and an accomplished epigrapher--whisks you around the globe on a thrilling journey to explore how an array of sophisticated writing systems developed, then were adopted and adapted by surrounding cultures.
System Details DVD.
Subject Civilization -- History -- Videodiscs.
Literacy -- History -- Videodiscs.
Writing -- History -- Videodiscs.
Genre Lectures.
Educational films.
Added Author Zender, Marc.
Teaching Company.
ISBN 9781598039894
Music No. PD2241A Teaching Company
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