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Signs of Writing: The Cultural, Social, and Linguistic Contexts of the World’s First Writing Systems

2013 – 2016

Project Summary

These scholars adopted a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective to study the contexts and structural properties of the world’s first writing systems.

Research Team

Amalia Gnanadesikan

Amalia Gnanadesikan

Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Study of Language

University of Maryland

Amalia Gnanadesikan's research focuses on two areas: South Asian languages and writing systems. She is a specialist in Dhivehi—the language of the Maldives—with a reference grammar currently in press at de Gruyter-Mouton and a Dhivehi-English dictionary largely completed. She is also co-editor...

Christopher Woods

Christopher Woods

Professor of Assyriology and Sumerology; Avalon Professor in the Humanities; Williams Director, Penn Museum

University of Pennsylvania

To learn more about Christopher Woods's research and background, please visit his profile page at the Penn Museum.

Xianhua Wang

Xianhua Wang

Professor in the School of History and Culture and Director of the Center for Research in Western and Eastern Cultures

Sichuan University, China

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