A is for Ox: A Short History of the Alphabet

A is for Ox A Short History of the Alphabet A brief study of what constitutes an alphabet and how the Western alphabet has evolved from the time of the Sumerians through the present day

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  • Title: A is for Ox: A Short History of the Alphabet
  • Author: Lyn Davies
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A brief study of what constitutes an alphabet and how the Western alphabet has evolved, from the time of the Sumerians through the present day.

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    1. What a fascinating and beautiful little book!The first half traces the development of the alphabet as a system of writing, representing (more-or-less) one symbol per sound. Specifically it covers the Latin alphabet as used in modern English, rather than, say, modern Greek or Cyrillic, from hieroglyphs though other forms such as cuneiform as they developed around the Mediterranean region, mainly for use in trade. Photographs and illustrations give a clear comparison of the different types of scri [...]

    2. A is for ox, B is for house, C is for throwing-stick. But you already knew that, right? This book has it all - it's gorgeous, it comes in its own box, and it talks about writing. The history of our alphabet in particular. I find the history of writing to be almost as interesting as writing itself. In this slim book, Davies recounts how writing began, how alphabets came to be, and how our alphabet spread. Then there is a section explaining each letter individually, complete with lovely examples o [...]

    3. nwhytevejournal/1697767A decent little book on the origins of the alphabet, the first half being about the global question of how the Latin script developed from hieroglyphics via cuneiform, Phoenician, Greek and etruscan, and the second half taking each letter individually. I've read several books on this topic so not much was new to me; the information is very much presented for the non-specialist, and readers may well wonder what the sounds were precisely that were represented by the Semitic [...]

    4. A clear, concise and interesting history. I don't know much about linguistics so I can't speak for the authenticity of what Davies is saying but it's certainly well presented, nicely detailed and easy to follow for the beginner. It's short, filled with lovely visuals and infused throughout with the human interest inherent in good information about past societies, which is a quality that always makes history nerds get excited. Definitely not an intimidating read. I enjoyed it a lot.

    5. what a fun little book and a beautiful volume. so much is really still unknown about the origins of the alphabet. this book fills in many of the blanks.

    6. Short and sweet review of the development of the modern alphabet. Love the fact that "E" developed from "Hey" - someone jumping up with their arms in the air. Slightly more sedate now.

    7. What a great little book. A really fascinating overview of the development of western alphabetic writing from its various roots.

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