ONLINE BOOK The Invention of Cuneiform Writing in Sumer Author Jean–Jacques Glassner – and–rey.us
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Or Animal Foot Is Consistently Written With animal foot is consistently written with sign that depicts an donkey s head written with a sign that depicts an donkey s head the ingenuity of the author cannot give any explanation for this unexpected anomaly For me some sections did go on a bit and some parts were not explained very well Part of the problem is intrinsic to the study as you need to develop a vocabulary to analyse the script and its functions As Sumerian writing is so different from modern western scripts this need can only be met by a terminology derived from semantics and semiotics Naturally this can make some discussions uite heavy going And I must admit at times the Gallic flare and rather flowery language of the author were a little grating. Ly 640 signs that comprised the Sumerian repertory by about 3200 BC Glassner further argues WITH AN OCCASIONAL NOD TO DERRIDA THAT THE INVENTION an occasional nod to Derrida that the invention writing had a deeper metaphysical significance By bringing the divinely ordained spoken language under human control Sumerians were able to make invisibility visible separating themselves from the divine order and creating a new model of pow. .
There s obviously a lot of great information in this and it gave me ways of thinking about cuneiform which hadn t occurred to me before but there s something about it that feels a t occurred to me before but there s something about it that feels a disorganised or meandering Is this just my attention span Anyway I m left with a very joyful sense that we should see cuneiform as its own fully fledged system rather than as a mere antecedent of writing as we now it The only in depth look at the very beginnings of the cuneiform writing system that I we now it The only in depth look at the very beginnings of the cuneiform writing system that I found There is plenty of food for system that I found There is plenty of food for here even though I disagree with several of the author s contentions Early on the book addresses the nature of different systems of communication that use visual signs The practice. As the first nown system of writing the cuneiform symbols traced in Sumerian clay than six millennia ago were once regarded as a simplistic and clumsy attempt to record in linear form the sounds of a spoken language More recently scholars have acknowledged that early Sumerian writing far from being a primitive and flawed mechanism that would be improved by the Phoenicians and Greeks in. ,
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And principles of pictography are explored as well the development of syllabic values Another chapter establishes the time and era of the invention as Southern Mesopotamia in the 34th century BCE This covers the preliminaries Only then do we get into the early signs themselves and the accounting context in which they appear Subseuent chapters deal with how many signs were combined with one another or otherwise differentiated and appear Subseuent chapters deal with how many signs were combined with one another or otherwise differentiated and The author is always asking the uestion of how the signs individually and collectively convey the information that they do Along the way many individual signs are explored in detail along with some of the uirks there are several signs
THAT DEPICT A HUMAN FOOT WHICHdepict a human foot which to. Fact represented a complete written language system not only meeting the daily needs of economic and government administration but also providing a new means of understanding the world human history Returning to early Mesopotamian texts that have been little studied or poorly understood he traces the development of writing from the earliest attempts to the sophisticated system of rough. ,