Community Scholar Talk at Acorn Public Library District
The Community Scholars Program provides presentations on themes ranging from exhibition highlights to our archaeological research and discoveries.
The History of Writing and the History of the Alphabet
Speaker: Andrew Burlingame, PhD student in Northwest Semitic Philology
For over five thousand years, people have at various times and places made use of writing to make language visible and permanent. The earliest written documents we possess today are written in cuneiform, with Egyptian hieroglyphics appearing on the scene shortly thereafter. The earliest attestations of alphabetic writing come even later. This talk will discuss how these writing systems emerged and the purposes for which their earliest inventors used them. We will also see how they changed over time and how the alphabet that we use today relates to the earliest alphabets extant.