The Art of Writing in Different Cultures
This will probably not surprise you, but the Latin alphabet is not the only way of writing ever invented. Throughout our long history, and across our vast and diverse world, humans have invented several ways of turning oral communication into graphical representations that have withstood time and spread far beyond the reach of the word of mouth.
Did you know there are over 50,000 characters in the Chinese alphabet and that no Chinese person knows all of them? And did you know that the Arabic alphabet does not have capital letters? Some writing systems have radically different approaches to accommodate various linguistic structures, but some of these differences have nothing at all to do with language. Why do they look so different from one another and how did they come to be?
Join us for this week as we try to understand various ways of writing, their style and meaning, and try out writing in several alphabets ourselves!
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