Signs of Meaning

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Science  03 Apr 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5923, pp. 38-39
DOI: 10.1126/science.1173405

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Writing. Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization. By Barry B. Powell. Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, MA, 2009. 296 pp. $99.95, £50, €60. ISBN 9781405162562.

Stressing internal structural principles that govern all writing, Powell explores the origins of writing tied to speech in Mesopotamia, the ancient Mediterranean, China, and Mesoamerica.