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    DescriptionIn 1992, the University of Texas Press published Before Writing, Volume I: From Counting to Cuneiform and Before Writing, Volume II: A Catalog of Near Eastern Tokens. In these two volumes, Denise Schmandt-Besserat set forth her groundbreaking theory that the cuneiform script invented in the Near East in the late fourth millennium B.C.--the world's oldest known system of writing--derived from an archaic counting device.How Writing Came About draws material from both volumes to present Schmandt-Besserat's theory for a wide public and classroom audience. Based on the analysis and interpretation of a selection of 8,000 tokens or counters from 116 sites in Iran, Iraq, the Levant, and Turkey, it documents the immediate precursor of the cuneiform script.


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    Title
    How Writing Came About
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Denise Schmandt-Besserat
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 175 mm
    Height: 251 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780292777040
    ISBN 10: 0292777043
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: CFL
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    B&T General Subject: 430
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24260
    BISAC V2.8: ART026000
    BIC subject category V2: WCF
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    B&T Approval Code: A18320000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 737/.3/0956
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    B&T Approval Code: A18400000
    DC22: 737.30956
    DC21: 737.3
    LC classification: CJ4867 .S364 1996, 95041829
    Edition
    Abridged
    Edition statement
    Abridged edition
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    University of Texas Press
    Imprint name
    University of Texas Press
    Publication date
    01 June 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Austin, TX
    Review quote
    Discoveries in the history of writing are rare, but Denise Schmandt-Besserat made one in realizing that phonetic writing in the West descends not from pictography, a view repeated everywhere, but from abstract, nonphonetic, mostly noniconographic accounting tokens used in Neolithic farming communities of the Near East beginning from about 8000 B.C. A condensation of volume I of Before Writing ...this book is a perfect production, utterly lucid, thoughtfully illustrated, and thoroughly convincing.
    Back cover copy
    In 1992, the University of Texas Press published Before Writing, Volume I: From Counting to Cuneiform and Before Writing, Volume II: A Catalog of Near Eastern Tokens. In these two volumes, Denise Schmandt-Besserat set forth her groundbreaking theory that the cuneiform script invented in the Near East in the late fourth millennium B.C. - the world's oldest known system of writing - derived from anarchaic counting device. How Writing Came About draws material from both volumes to present Schmandt-Besserat's theory for a wide public and classroom audience. Based on the analysis and interpretation of a selection of 8,000 tokens or counters from 116 sites in Iran, Iraq, the Levant, and Turkey, it documents the immediate precursor of the cuneiform script.