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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the origins of writing.


Six Superlative Sources

· Coulmas, Florian. The Writing Systems of the World. Blackwell, 1989.

· Diringer, David. The Alphabet: A Key to the History of Mankind. 3rd ed. 2 vols. Funk and Wagnalls, 1968.

· Gelb, Ignace J. A Study of Writing: The Foundations of Grammatology. Rev. ed. University of Chicago Press, 1963.

· Jean, Georges. Writing: The Story of Alphabets and Scripts, trans. J. Oates. Abrams, 1992.

· Jensen, Hans. Sign, Symbol and Script: An Account of Man's Efforts to Write, trans. George Unwin. Putnam, 1969.

· Senner, Wayne, ed. The Origins of Writing. University of Nebraska Press, 1989.

Other Excellent Sources

· Bright, William, ed. The World's Writing Systems. Oxford University Press, 1996.

· Gordon, Cyrus. Forgotten Scripts: How They Were Deciphered and Their Impact on Contemporary Culture. Basic Books, 1968.

· Marshack, Alexander. The Roots of Civilization. McGraw-Hill, 1972.

· Navel, J. Early History of the Alphabet. E.J. Brill, 1982.

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