The Meroitic Language and Writing System

Author: Claude Rilly
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107008662
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This book provides an introduction to the Meroitic language and writing system, which was used between circa 300 BC and 400 AD in the kingdom of Meroe, located in what is now Sudan and Egyptian Nubia. This book details advances in the understanding of Meroitic, a language that until recently was considered untranslatable. In addition to providing a full history of the script and an analysis of the phonology, grammar, and linguistic affiliation of the language it features: linguistic analyses for those working on Nilo-Saharan comparative linguistics, paleographic tables useful to archeologists for dating purposes, and an overview of texts that can be translated or understood by way of analogy for those working on Nubian religion, history, and archaeology.

The Meroitic Language and Writing System

Author: Claude Rilly
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139560530
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book provides an introduction to the Meroitic language and writing system, which was used between circa 300 BC and 400 AD in the kingdom of Meroe, located in what is now Sudan and Egyptian Nubia. This book details advances in the understanding of Meroitic, a language that until recently was considered untranslatable. In addition to providing a full history of the script and an analysis of the phonology, grammar and linguistic affiliation of the language it features: linguistic analyses for those working on Nilo-Saharan comparative linguistics, paleographic tables useful to archaeologists for dating purposes and an overview of texts that can be translated or understood by way of analogy for those working on Nubian religion, history and archaeology.

The Idea of Writing

Author: Alexander J. de Voogt
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 900417446X
Format: PDF, ePub
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This exploration of the versatility of writing systems highlights their complexity when they are used to represent loanwords, solve problems of polysemy or when they are adapted to be used for another language. The approaches from different academic traditions provide a varied but expert account.

Ethiopic an African Writing System

Author: Ayele Bekerie
Publisher: The Red Sea Press
ISBN: 9781569020210
Format: PDF
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This is a groundbreaking book about the history and principles of Ethiopic (Ge'ez), an African writing system designed as a meaningful and graphic representation of a wide array of knowledge, including languages. In this important and unique study, Ayele Bekerie argues that Ethiopic is a component of the African Knowledge Systems and one of the signal contributions made by Africans to world history and cultures. The author further elaborates that Ethiopic is a knowledge system which is brilliantly organized to represent philosophical features, such as ideography, mnemonics, syllography, astronomy, and grammatology. Moreover, Ethiopic is not only a cultural agency, but a foundation to a great literary tradition in Ethiopia, which, for instance, has made a critical contribution to the history of Christianity by organically preserving The Book of Henok, which is widely held by Biblical scholars to be a precursor of Christianity. In a sharp departure from the established view of most Ethiopianists of the old school, Ayele Bekerie contends that the Ethiopic writing system is much older than has been previously thought, tracing back its origins to a period of at least 2,000 B.C.E. This study also explores the dynamic linkage between the Ethiopic and Egyptian writing systems, suggesting the possible relationship between all African writing systems of the Nile Valley.

Basic Nubian Language and Grammar

Author: Taharqa Sa Amun
Publisher: Advocate 4 Justice Publishing
ISBN: 9780983137245
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Taharqa Sa Amun has a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from Coppin State University, but has spent considerable time studying African and Semitic languages. After graduating from Coppin State, he spent time researching Nubia's history and language and now a Nubianist.

Afrikan Alphabets

Author: Saki Mafundikwa
Publisher: Mark Batty Pub
ISBN: 9780977282760
Format: PDF
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Sets the record straight about how colonial powers suppressed the rich histories of these alphabets.

Cracking Codes

Author: R. B. Parkinson
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520223066
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Deciphering the Rosetta Stone -- Reading a text: the Egyptian scripts of the Rosetta Stone -- Towards reading a cultural code: the uses of writing in ancient Egypt -- The future: futher codes to crack.

Lost Languages

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780500288160
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Investigates famous examples of unsolved scripts and codes, in an account that recalls the stories of three forefront decipherments including the Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Maya glyphs, and the Minoan Linear B clay tablets before sharing the stories of such uncracked codes as the Indus script, the Etruscan language, and the Rongorongo script. Reprint.

Der Nahe und Mittlere Osten

Author: László Török
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004104488
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For the first time a detailed analysis of the cultural and political relations of Egypt and Kush render possible "a new definition" of the genuine features and development of Kushite culture during its full fifteen centuries' existence.