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Inventing Alphabets

Invent an alphabet of your own and learn about the history and structure of the world's writing systems, from cuneiform to kanji, along the way.

SUN, JUL 25 4:00 PM UTC | 2.0 hrs

Inventing Alphabets - Week 1: The Origins and Development of Writing

The goal of this class is to get you acquainted with how writing works and where it came from. First, we'll disentangle the ideas of language and writing: these things are distinct but related, and related in interesting ways. Then we'll explore the origins of writing. We'll look at the material, social, and economic environments in which writing first arose, and how these things influenced the shape of early writing systems. We'll end with an interactive exercise to explore the effect of writing material and technology on the visual aspects of writing systems.

SUN, AUG 1 4:00 PM UTC | 2.0 hrs

Inventing Alphabets - Week 2: The Structure of Writing Systems

SUN, AUG 8 4:00 PM UTC | 2.0 hrs

Inventing Alphabets - Week 3: Workshop Session 1

SUN, AUG 15 4:00 PM UTC | 2.0 hrs

Inventing Alphabets - Week 4: Writing Sound

SUN, AUG 22 4:00 PM UTC | 2.0 hrs

Inventing Alphabets - Week 5: Writing Meaning

SUN, AUG 29 4:00 PM UTC | 2.0 hrs

Inventing Alphabets - Week 6: Workshop Session 2

$300
Jul 25, 20216 weeksUp to 10 learners
Prerequisites

This course requires no linguistic training, knowledge of any languages but English, or artistic prowess. All that it requires is a spirit of curiosity and play.

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