How Writing Came About

In these two volumes, Denise Schmandt-Besserat set forth her groundbreaking theory that the cuneiform script invented in the Near East in the late fourth millennium B.C.—the world's oldest known system of writing—derived from an archaic ...

Author: Denise Schmandt-Besserat

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292774869

Category: Social Science

Page: 207

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In 1992, the University of Texas Press published Before Writing, Volume I: From Counting to Cuneiform and Before Writing, Volume II: A Catalog of Near Eastern Tokens. In these two volumes, Denise Schmandt-Besserat set forth her groundbreaking theory that the cuneiform script invented in the Near East in the late fourth millennium B.C.—the world's oldest known system of writing—derived from an archaic counting device. How Writing Came About draws material from both volumes to present Schmandt-Besserat's theory for a wide public and classroom audience. Based on the analysis and interpretation of a selection of 8,000 tokens or counters from 116 sites in Iran, Iraq, the Levant, and Turkey, it documents the immediate precursor of the cuneiform script.

How Writing Came about

In these two volumes, Denise Schmandt-Besserat set forth her groundbreaking theory that the cuneiform script invented in the Near East in the late fourth millennium B.C. - the world's oldest known system of writing - derived from anarchaic ...

Author: Denise Schmandt-Besserat

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780292777101

Category: Middle East

Page: 193

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In 1992, the University of Texas Press published Before Writing, Volume I: From Counting to Cuneiform and Before Writing, Volume II: A Catalog of Near Eastern Tokens. In these two volumes, Denise Schmandt-Besserat set forth her groundbreaking theory that the cuneiform script invented in the Near East in the late fourth millennium B.C. - the world's oldest known system of writing - derived from anarchaic counting device. How Writing Came About draws material from both volumes to present Schmandt-Besserat's theory for a wide public and classroom audience. Based on the analysis and interpretation of a selection of 8,000 tokens or counters from 116 sites in Iran, Iraq, the Levant, and Turkey, it documents the immediate precursor of the cuneiform script.

When Writing Met Art

In 1999, American Scientist chose How Writing Came About as one of the "100 or so Books that shaped a Century of Science." In When Writing Met Art, Schmandt-Besserat expands her history of writing into the visual realm of communication.

Author: Denise Schmandt-Besserat

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292774872

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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Denise Schmandt-Besserat opened a major new chapter in the history of literacy when she demonstrated that the cuneiform script invented in the ancient Near East in the late fourth millennium BC—the world's oldest known system of writing—derived from an archaic counting device. Her discovery, which she published in Before Writing: From Counting to Cuneiform and How Writing Came About, was widely reported in professional journals and the popular press. In 1999, American Scientist chose How Writing Came About as one of the "100 or so Books that shaped a Century of Science." In When Writing Met Art, Schmandt-Besserat expands her history of writing into the visual realm of communication. Using examples of ancient Near Eastern writing and masterpieces of art, she shows that between 3500 and 3000 BC the conventions of writing—everything from its linear organization to its semantic use of the form, size, order, and placement of signs—spread to the making of art, resulting in artworks that presented complex visual narratives in place of the repetitive motifs found on preliterate art objects. Schmandt-Besserat then demonstrates art's reciprocal impact on the development of writing. She shows how, beginning in 2700-2600 BC, the inclusion of inscriptions on funerary and votive art objects emancipated writing from its original accounting function. To fulfill its new role, writing evolved to replicate speech; this in turn made it possible to compile, organize, and synthesize unlimited amounts of information; and to preserve and disseminate information across time and space. Schmandt-Besserat's pioneering investigation of the interface between writing and art documents a key turning point in human history, when two of our most fundamental information media reciprocally multiplied their capacities to communicate. When writing met art, literate civilization was born.

On How I Came to Write the Lucky Country

Why don't I use that style to write a book about Australia ? Penguin is about to
start an Australian imprint ... As I got ready to leave The Bulletin at the beginning
of 1963 I decided to give this a go . I sent Geoff a rough two - page plan for a
book ...

Author: Donald Horne

Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing

ISBN: 9780522852226

Category: Australia

Page: 142

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The publication in 1964 of The Lucky Country changed the way that Australians thought about themselves. This work is an extract from Horne's memoirs that recalls the personal and public circumstances, which led him to write The Lucky Country.


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Schmandt - Besserat , Denise 1996 , How Writing Came About , University of
Texas Press : Austin . Servais , J. 1971 , Thoricos V ( 1968 ) Objets trouvés dans
la Tholos . Tzachili , I. 1990 , « All important yet elusive : Looking for Cloth -
making ...

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Category: Classical philology

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A Short Course in Writing

CAME ABOUT When I started teaching composition , I was still in graduate
school . I had large classes , and I really did not know what I was doing . Every
class hour seemed to stretch on to eternity . Grading papers took hours and was
a ...

Author: Kenneth A. Bruffee

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: College readers

Page: 305

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Writing for College

E XE RCI S E 1 2 Select one of the subjects below and write a paragraph
explaining how to do something , or how something happened or came about .
Write at least 125 words . How to tune a motorcycle or car How to organize a
musical ...

Author: Robert E. Yarber

Publisher: Scott Foresman & Company

ISBN: 9780673382191

Category: Academic writing.

Page: 391

View: 782


Writing from the Fields

... and / or testimony of migrants at the La Follette , Tolan , or other government
hearings , I have chosen not to do so because I am interested in how writing
came to play a fundamental role in the creation of Okie identities — writing
composed ...

Author: Melanie S. Jennings

Publisher:

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Category: American literature

Page: 474

View: 240


Crossroads

With some slight changes of appearance and certain usages , both Tai Lue and
Tai Yuan writings are but different versions of the same Lanna writing system . It
is not clear how or exactly when these Lanna alphabets came about .

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Category: Southeast Asia

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Creating Economic Order

These texts from the Susa level 4 Her publications have been conveniently
consolidated into a two - volume work Before Writing ( Austin 1992 ) , itself
reprinted in an abbreviated version , How Writing Came About ( Austin 1996 ) .
Specialist ...

Author: Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends

Publisher: Capital Decisions Limited

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 354

View: 527

"The fourth volume in a series sponsored by the International Scholars Conference of Ancient Near Eastern Economies (ISCANEE) and the Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET) addresses the extent to which accounting practices actively shaped economic life. This volume traces the aims and functions of accounting practices from early Uruk (c. 3300 B.C.) down through the Neo-Babylonian period, as well as Egyptian practice. Described are the accounting techniques that diffused from Sumer eastward to the Iranian plateau and, to the northwest, up the Euphrates through Syria and across the Mediterranean to Crete and Mycenaean Greece."--BOOK JACKET.

Animating the Letter

The hypotheses we have devised to explain how writing came to be invented —
for instance , by an imaginative hunter who imitated the tracks of animals to
convey a message about them — may well be manifestations of our lingering
desire ...

Author: Laura Kendrick

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 326

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"Kendrick's clear and accessible writing is enhanced by 107 photographs of medieval manuscripts. Animating the Letter will surely appeal to medievalists, but it will also appeal to anyone interested in the history of writing and the development of the book in Western culture."--BOOK JACKET.

New York Theatre Review

Some composers write their own together to smooth out the edges . ... Sometimes
to writing lyrics for the musical theatre . ... When we were writing for Rosalind
Russell , she came and said to Leonard and us , " Look , I've got four notes in my
 ...

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Category: Theater

Page:

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Life Writing

Afterwards they came swimming to the ships ' boats , where we were , and
brought us parrots and cotton thread in balls , and spears and many other things ,
and we exchanged for them other things , such as small glass beads and hawks
 ...

Author: Winifred Bryan Horner

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780130792372

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 344

View: 244

In readings that move from personal diaries and personal letters through autobiography and biography that assumes a public readership, and finally to the essay, the reader is led through an ever-widening audience. Starting with pieces that draw entirely on the writer's life to biography requiring research into another person's life, the reader moves from subjective to objective experience and finally to the essay that attempts to put that experience into a larger context. The selections are followed by "Musings" which suggest features of the writing that the reader might imitate and recommendations for writing. "Connections" presents ways in which individual pieces might be paired with others to make interesting comparisons and to generate other writing ideas. A range of familiar and unfamiliar selections are organized from the subjective to the objective and become increasingly difficult. They present a wide range of writing styles to allow readers to become comfortable with many styles. In addition, these selections represent a variety of cultures and historical periods to give readers an appreciation of other cultures and a sense of history. A valuable book for any reader who wishes to improve their writing skills by reading a variety of selections by a range of writers.

Winning Ways of Coaching Writing

... I had simply included a range of writing assignments in literature classes . I
offer this disclaimer because I realized when I began teaching on the college
level that most of what I knew about the teaching of writing came from teaching
English ...

Author: Mary L. Warner

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 238

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This writing text is written for teachers by teachers, with each chapter offering practical ideas, strategies, and activities to help teachers coach successful writing. Winning Ways of Coaching Writing is one of the first books to directly address the unique needs of middle and high school pre-service and in-service writing teachers. The text includes chapters on writers with ADHD (Ch. 7), non-traditional ninth graders (Ch. 8), and the teaching of ESL students (Ch. 6) - all topics that have come into the forefront of issues faced by writing teachers of grades 6-12. The authors of the chapters have collaborated to create reader-friendly, pragmatic chapters that include lesson plans and activities designed for immediate application. For teachers of grades 6-12.

Writing in Holland and Flanders

How it came about no one knows , but , fearing that the workers would be served
first , the muzhiks spurred each other on and , in their tens of thousands , blindly
began to move towards the food shed . A dreadful scramble began .

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Category: Dutch literature

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Contemporary Authors

HARPER , Akiba Sullivan See SULLIVAN HARPER , Donna Akiba SIDELIGHTS :
Albert J . Harnois told CA : “ I ' ve been interested in writing for most of my life . My
first real opportunity to write professionally came about twenty years ago ...

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Category: Authors

Page: 467

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English Education

There was slight variation among grade levels and even less between those
groups considered terminal and those labeled college preparatory , but the
relatively small incidents of teaching directed to writing improvement came as a
sur . prise ...

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Category: English language

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Writing from Home

Will is part of a weekly group for junior and senior high school students in home
education programs , and they often work on writing as part of their activities
together . Will ' s mother , Judy , writes to tell how this story came about : This was
an ...

Author: Susan Richman

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780929446035

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 372

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New Affinities

( 292 ) Ullman sees in the new technology of the Internet the same threat that our
ancestors must have seen when writing came about . Before writing was invented
, people talked to each other , they shared news , traditions , emotions , and ...

Author: Tetlow

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780536629777

Category:

Page: 346

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