Asian 404 surveys the origins, historical development, and typological analysis of the scripts of the world, with an emphasis on ancient writing systems. Topics covered include the relationships between languages and scripts; the patterns of invention, diffusion, and adaptation of writing systems; and the problems and methods of deciphering unknown scripts of the ancient world.
Among the languages/scripts discussed in this course are:
- Sanskrit and various Indic languages
- Latin, Greek, and various European languages
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