The History of Writing and the Alphabet


Monday, May 1 at 6:30 PM


Meeting Room


Andrew Burlingame, PhD student in Northwest Semitic Philology is going to discuss How for thousands of years, people have at various times and places made use of writing to make language visible and permanent. The earliest written documents we possess today are written in cuneiform, with Egyptian hieroglyphics appearing on the scene shortly thereafter. This talk will discuss how these writing systems emerged and the purposes for which their earliest inventors used them. We will also see how they changed over time and how the alphabet that we use today relates to the earliest alphabets extant.

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