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Picture Writing of the American Indians, Vol. 1 (Native American) Paperback – February 15, 2012
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Asks the forbidden 'missing link' question about what came after cave paintings and before phonetic writing. It was written 100 years ago shortly after the Egyptian Hieroglyphs were deciphered, Chinese was thought to also be hieroglyphic and the concept of 'ideography' was all the rage. Since the 80s this concept has become somewhat academically verboten, and the pendulum has swung so far the other way that many linguists deny the possibility that any form of meaningful written communications are possible without symbols that map human speech - and they don't even want to discuss it.
I'm somewhat skeptical about the 'pre-columbian-ness' of some of these symbols, but never the less, it's a good treatise on how perhaps communication is possible, and its limitations, using very basic pictographs.
It's also a good survey on the types of discourse that could take place in a world with polities but no formal phonetic or even logographic writing system.
It also provides food for thought with regards to symbolic metaphor, which should interest GUI and graphical designers. This is also interesting in the age of text messaging.
- Lots of glyphs.
- Each glyph has a description (albeit sometimes somewhat cryptic).
- A very exhaustive treatment.
- Geographically diverse.
- Comparison with Eurasian writing systems.
- Examination of evolution from petroglyphs to more symbolic writing.
- Stodgy 100 year old English writing style.
- Based on archeology 100 years old.
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Along with vol. 1 this is a nice addition to a personal research library.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is a superb work often overlooked. I use it for my students and classesPublished 19 months ago by st. johns