Alpha Beta: How 26 Letters Shaped the Western Worl D - John Man Reviews
Description:ISBN 047141574X / Genre: History / Author: John Man / Paperback / 320 Pages / Book is published 2006-05-15 by John Wiley & Sons / An alphabet is a system for organising and recording thought and the very earliest letters, which demonstrate this ('a' was the first sound of the ... more
Alpha Beta: How 26 Letters Shaped the Western Worl D - John Man ... Semitic word for 'ox', 'b' for 'house'), are still with us, virtually unchanged across the millennia. And while the western world today is divided by languages, it remains largely united by alphabet. Where these letters came from and how they have evolved over the years is more than just an academic exercise. John Man's ALPHA BETA tells a thrilling story of adventure, passion and intrigue.
Newest Review: ... in the process of endeavouring to do this, John Man does in fact provide a potted history of writing systems and alphabets as ... more
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by - written on 05/06/01, updated on 05/06/01 (Very useful, 38 readings)
Anyone with a love of language in general will be interested in reading this pocket-sized book, which Books etc are displaying quite prominently at the moment. I picked it up a few weeks ago, having just bought another book on the alphabet, but decided to read this one first as it looked more of an exciting read. And it does have its moments. Granted, it does not purport to be a comprehensive history of the Roman, or Western, alphabet, but rather an attempt at explaining how or why this particular alphabet has come to dominate over all other alphabets or alternative writing systems. Of course, in the process of endeavouring to do this, John ... Read the complete review