LING 115 - Writing Systems

Description
The historical origin of writing in Sumer, Egypt, China, and Mesoamerica; the transmission of writing across languages and cultures, including the route from Phoenician to Greek to Etruscan to Latin to English; the development of individual writing systems over time; the traditional classification of written symbols (ideographic, logographic, syllabic, alphabetic); methods of decipherment; differences between spoken and written language; how linguistic structure influences writing, and is reflected by it; social and political aspects of writing; literacy and the acquisition of writing.
Credits
1
Attributes
History & Tradition Sector
Recent Professors
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Recent Semesters
Fall 2019, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Offered
MW, F
Avg. Class Size
33
Avg. Sections
3