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From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, this title offers an investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world. It focuses on the emergence of complete writing systems in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC.
Steven Roger Fischer is Director of the Institute of Polynesian Languages and Literatures in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of A History of Language, A History of Reading and Island at the End of the World: The Turbulent History of Easter Island, all available from Reaktion Books.