Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts  -     By: Andrew Robinson
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Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts

W W Norton / 2009 / Paperback

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You'll want to start deciphering immediately after you're finished reading Andrew Robinson's Lost Languages. With a catching enthusiasm, his book first begins with an overview of decipherment techniques that did (and did not!) work for the three "Great Decipherments" of the Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Linear B of Greece, and the Mayan Glyphs. He then moves on to the undeciphered scripts of the world, from Linear A to Easter Island to the mysterious Phaistos Disc of Crete, following the efforts made by scholars and lay-persons alike. Three-color illustrations highlight elements of text, patterns, dates, and other important markers in a perfectly clear way, helping readers to really see what the decipherers saw. Learn about how languages function through the lens of the mysterious ones we haven't yet figured out! 352 pages, indexed, softcover. Upper-level high school & adult.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: W W Norton
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.50 (inches)
ISBN: 050028816X
ISBN-13: 9780500288160
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    David C.
    Having majored in linguistics in college and studied Koine Greek, Classical Hebrew and Modern Arabic, I purchased this book based on the catalog description. It was all that I hoped, even more. I found the book fasinating. Robinson tells the stories of deciphered languages with engaging style. He obviously loves his subject. He presents with candor, even humor, the history of the attempts to understand those languages which have yet to be deciphered. One of the things he does with facinating success is draw the reader into the process by prsenting the concepts in a text then asking the reader to try it on a different text. Great fun. I expect to sit down with this book in a couple of years and enjoy reading it again.
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