The Disappearance of Writing Systems: Perspectives on Literacy and Communication
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The Disappearance of Writing Systems: Perspectives on Literacy and Communication

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John Baines
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1. John Bennet, Now You See It; Now You Don't! The Disappearance of the Linear A Script on Crete 2. J. David Hawkins, The Disappearance of Writing Systems: Hieroglyphic Luwian 3. Jeremy Black A , The Obsolescence and Demise of Cuneiform Writing in Elam 4. David Brown, Increasingly Redundant: The Growing Obsolescence of the Cuneiform Script in Babylonia from 539 BC Postscript: Jerrold Cooper, Redundancy Reconsidered: Reflections on David Brown's Thesis 5. Kathryn Lomas (Institute of Classical Studies, University College London), Script Obsolescence in Ancient Italy: From Pre-Roman to Roman Writing 6. Richard Salomon (University of Washington), Whatever Happened to Kharohi? The Fate of a Forgotten Indic Script 7. Martin Andreas Stadler (University of Wurzburg), On the Demise of Egyptian Writing: Working with a Problematic Source Basis 8. Claude Rilly (CNRS, France), The Last Traces of Meroitic? A Tentative Scenario for the Disappearance of the Meroitic Script 9. M. C. A. Macdonald (Institute of Oriental Studies, Oxford), The Phoenix of Phoinikcia: Alphabetic Reincarnation in Arabia 10. Stephen D. Houston, The Small Deaths of Maya Writing 11. Elizabeth Hill Boone (Tulane University), The Death of Mexican Pictography 12. Frank Salomon (University of Wisconsin), Late Khipu Use 13. Giovanni Stary, Disappearance of Writing Systems: The Manchu Case 14. John Monaghan (University of Illinois), Revelatory Scripts, 'the Unlettered Genius', and the Appearance and Disappearance of Writing 15. Chris Gosden (Institute of Archaeology, Oxford), History without Text 16. John Baines, Writing and its Multiple Disappearances.
Gathers papers from the conference held on the disappearance of writing systems, in Oxford in March 2004. This title offers a fresh perspective on approaches to writing that can be significant for the understanding of writing systems and their social functions, literacy, memory, and high-cultural communication systems in general.