Writing is one of the greatest inventions of humankind. In this group we can share and discuss research concerning all writing systems and scripts: ancient, modern and also the future of writing.
During the final decade of his productive life, Moshe Gammer (1950-2013) edited the first major English-language series on Daghestani philology. This chapter examines key aspects of Gammer’s legacy, while offering an overview of Daghestani philology from the colonial period to the present, and outlining how this field of inquiry enables us to r…[Read more]
During most of Antiquity, the Greek-speaking kingdoms in Cyprus used syllabic writing systems for the Cypriot dialect. Paphos, which was one of the most powerful kingdoms in the island, used a special variant of the Cypriot syllabary. Although the circumstances seemed to favour the adoption of the Greek alphabet as a writing system, the Paphians…[Read more]
Besides glosses and other textual annotations, early medieval Latin manuscript commonly feature technical signs, annotation symbols and sigla that reflect readership or provide a framework for interpretation and use. The early medieval Insular book users were particularly keen on using such devices. This article maps the usage of technical signs…[Read more]
I posted a piece on my Facebook wall about two emails I sent to two Research Institutes, one in Abuja (Nigeria) and the other in New York (USA). Despite the fact that Lagos (where I live) to Abuja is just about 300 km by road, I haven’t got a response, let alone have any assurance that my mail is being attended to. But, I have since gotten a r…[Read more]