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by Josephine Bacon,Marc-Alain Ouaknin


This book offers a lighthearted and fascinating voyage back to the origins of our alphabet. The book is divided into easily readable sections of three parts. Each reading is followed by charts or clear images of text for example, remarks, definitions, summary, and notes.

This book offers a lighthearted and fascinating voyage back to the origins of our alphabet. - African Sun Times 7/5-11/99. Part-one deals with history, part-two with evolution of each letter of the alphabet, part-three is the conclusion and isn't really informative. The bibliography has 131 entries but most aren't even english books since this book was translated from french.

Marc-Alain Ouaknin, Josephine Bacon (Translator). Very intriguing history of the alphabet. This book explores the alphabet from its origins in the pictograms of 3500 years ago that reproduced a material object. This is more of an academic resource than a book. In brief, this led to phonograms, that no longer referred to an image, but a sound.

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Alphabet, Writing, Alphabet, Écriture, Alphabet, Geschichte. New York : Abbeville Press. some content may be lost due to the binding of the book.

by Marc-Alain Ouaknin. The Mystery Of Numbers. This is a wonderfully illustrated book on the evolution of the alphabetic writing, translated from French. The author is a professor in comparative literature at Bar-Ilan U in Tel Aviv and director of the Aleph Center for Jewish Studies in Paris, an author of academic, fictional, and children's literature.

Ouaknin, Marc-Alain; Bacon, Josephine (1999). Mysteries of the Alphabet: The Origins of Writing. The Story of Writing. Thames and Hudson Ltd, London. Letter Perfect: The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet from A to Z. Broadway Books.

1. Mysteries of the Alphabet. Marc A. Ouaknin, Marc-Alain Oauknin. Published by Abbeville Press (1999). ISBN 10: 0789205238 ISBN 13: 9780789205230.

Part I Origin and evolution: brief history of writing pictograms, ideograms and phonograms the turquoise woman - Protosinaic pictograms the example of the letter Aleph how Aleph became Alpha. Part II The alphabet. Part III The revolution of archaeography. View PDF. Save to Library.

Part I Origin and evolution: brief history of writing; pictograms, ideograms and phonograms; the turquoise woman - Protosinaic pictograms; the example of the letter Aleph; how Aleph became Alpha.

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Why is A the first letter of the alphabet? Why is O round? This work tells how Protosinaic pictograms - derived from Egyptian heiroglyphics and discovered in the Sinai only at the beginning of the 20th century - changed throughout the millennia and left their trace on our alphabet.
Tat
This book is fine for the curious but not worth the time of the serious. It is a good diving board to get your feet wet.

The book is divided into easily readable sections of three parts. Each reading is followed by charts or clear images of text for example, remarks, definitions, summary, and notes. Part-one deals with history, part-two with evolution of each letter of the alphabet, part-three is the conclusion and isn't really informative. The bibliography has 131 entries but most aren't even english books since this book was translated from french. This book is actually a collection of lectures and articles published in various journals which is why it is organized and readable.

I can't claim to know the author's faith but Ouaknin seems to have a good background in Judaism and Kabbalah. His father was a rabbi, that helps. This shows right away in the introduction, quoting the sefer Yetsirah; in Kabbalah this book was believed to be written by Abraham, dealing with the mystical nature of the hebrew alphabet(really the hebrew characters weren't around for Abraham to write with!) In part-one Ouaknin agrues that the alphabet was invented as a reaction to the second Commandment(In 'Egyptian Language', Sir E. A. Wallis Budge says that syllabic or alphabetic signs are found in the earliest dynastic inscriptions and he believes they were invented in pre-dynastic times - this info was not in the book). I like this author because he actually noted the scholars who agreed and disagreed with him. Part-two covers each letter of the alphabet starting with the Proto-Sinaitic evolving into Hebrew, Aramaic, Phoenician, Greek, Italic, Etruscan, and/or Latin. The hebrew name along with its mystical meaning and numerical value is given for each letter. And lastly, part-three is a waste of electronic ink for me to criticize.
Jugami
The origins of the written word and alphabet and where the letters came from is fascinating.
Blackseeker
©® Bowden's Masonry/Another Day Music/Designing By Grace
Innadril
I teach a typography unit and I wanted to start the unit off with a lesson on the history of the alphabet, so I bought this book. Really interesting stuff. I have another book on the subject as well, this book has a lot more research into it. There's a lot of illustrations to help visualize too.
Samulkis
Very interesting book will appeal to young and old alike. Not especially scholarly, but very inspiring.
Wizard
This is the authoritative book on the traditional theory of the origins and evolution of our alphabet. It is very thorough and inspired me to pattern my book after this same manner.
Gio
Product is well made and arrived quickly from shipper.
Excellent. H.Sh.
Mysteries of the Alphabet: The Origins of Writing ebook
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Josephine Bacon,Marc-Alain Ouaknin
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