The Resource Greek writing from Knossos to Homer : a linguistic interpretation of the origin of the Greek alphabet and the continuity of ancient Greek literacy, Roger D. Woodard

Greek writing from Knossos to Homer : a linguistic interpretation of the origin of the Greek alphabet and the continuity of ancient Greek literacy, Roger D. Woodard

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Greek writing from Knossos to Homer : a linguistic interpretation of the origin of the Greek alphabet and the continuity of ancient Greek literacy
Title
Greek writing from Knossos to Homer
Title remainder
a linguistic interpretation of the origin of the Greek alphabet and the continuity of ancient Greek literacy
Statement of responsibility
Roger D. Woodard
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • grc
  • sem
  • eng
Summary
  • Certain characteristic features of the Cypriot script - for example, its strategy for representing consonant sequences and elements of Cypriot Greek phonology - were transferred to the new alphabetic script. Proposing a Cypriot origin of the alphabet at the hands of previously literate adapters brings clarity to various problems of the alphabet, such as the Greek use of the Phoenician sibilant letters. The alphabet, rejected by the post-Bronze Age "Mycenaean" culture of Cyprus, was exported west to the Aegean, where it gained a foothold among a then illiterate Greek people emerging from the Dark Age. Woodard's study, a combination of philological and epigraphical investigation with linguistic theory, should be of interest to both scholars and students of classics, linguistics, and Near Eastern studies
  • Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer examines the origin of the Greek alphabet. Departing from previous accounts, Roger Woodard places the advent of the alphabet within an unbroken continuum of Greek literacy beginning in the Mycenaean era. He argues that the creators of the Greek alphabet, who adapted the Phoenician consonantal script, were scribes accustomed to writing Greek with the syllabic script of Cyprus
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
481/.1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PA273
LC item number
.W66 1997eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Greek writing from Knossos to Homer : a linguistic interpretation of the origin of the Greek alphabet and the continuity of ancient Greek literacy, Roger D. Woodard
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 268-278) and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. The Syllabaries -- 3. Syllable-Dependent Approaches -- 4. Non-Syllable-Dependent Approaches -- 5. The Hierarchy of Orthographic Strength -- 6. The Alphabet -- 7. Cyprus and Beyond -- 8. Conclusions -- Phonetic Glossary
Control code
ocm49414558
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 287 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585381442
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36311662
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)49414558
  • ebsco0585381445
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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