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By John Baines, John Bennet

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This quantity gathers papers from the 1st convention ever to be hung on the disappearance of writing platforms, in Oxford in March 2004. whereas the discovery and decipherment of writing structures have lengthy been focuses of analysis, their eclipse or substitute were little studied. simply because writing is so vital in lots of cultures and civilizations, its disappearance - by way of a interval with out it or by way of substitute with a unique writing approach - is of just about equivalent value to invention as a mark of radical switch. most likely extra writing structures have disappeared than have survived within the final 5 thousand years. Case experiences from the previous and New Worlds are awarded, ranging over sessions from the second one millennium BC to the current. to handle many varieties of transmission, the broadest attainable definition of writing is used, significantly together with Mexican pictography and the Andean khipu method. One bankruptcy discusses the bigger share of recognized human societies that have no longer possessed complicated fabric codes like writing, providing an alternate point of view at the long term transmission of socially salient topics. A concluding essay attracts out universal issues and gives an preliminary synthesis of effects. the amount deals a brand new viewpoint on ways to writing that might be major for the knowledge of writing structures and their social features, literacy, reminiscence, and high-cultural conversation structures ordinarily.

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