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Nathan John Albury

events, and using the language in Māori cultural rituals, is a sufficient role for Māori language. Added to this, many felt that simply instituting a bilingual linguistic landscape and a notionally bilingual government would in itself index successful revitalisation of the language. For many, a cultural

The Idea of Writing

Writing Across Borders

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Edited by Alex de Voogt and Joachim Friedrich Quack

The Idea of Writing is an exploration of the versatility of writing systems. This volume, the second in a series, is specifically concerned with the problems and possibilities of adapting a writing system to another language. Writing is studied as it is used across linguistic and cultural borders from ancient Egyptian, Cuneiform and Korean writing to Japanese, Kharosthi and Near Eastern scripts. This collection of articles aims to highlight the complexity of writing systems rather than to provide a first introduction. The different academic traditions in which these writing systems have been studied use linguistic, socio-historical and philological approaches that give complementary insights of the complex phenomena.

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Benjamin B. Olshin

, context, and skills, and so transmission is often uneven and incomplete; in fact, knowledge in a particular field may be lost entirely over time. In the process of “encoding” — putting the knowledge in the form of a formal text, a folktale, an epic poem, a song, a diagram, or a ritual for transmission

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Benjamin B. Olshin

weapon. Certainly, this form of death has a moral element, as proper burial rituals have not been followed, and one could read the death as the result of a “spiritual starvation” rather than a corporeal one. 33 A study of the “City of Brass” tale notes that the image of the rigid bodies here echoes

Arthur Cooper

Edited by Imre Galambos

that can be accompanied by the whole picture it conveys. Such expressions do not in fact so much give as receive meaning; which is also sometimes a function of language. (302) 盤 a dish, coiled spread 盤 (302) ‘pán’ is basically ‘a plate or dish’ and is one of the names for the early ritual

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Mariusz Pisarski

“trivial,” as opposed to Espen Aarseth’s model of cybertext and its “non-trivial” user function. With the Gutenberg revolution gone were also ritual and collaborative aspects of storytelling. The medieval cathedral was a book to be read by many via physical movement in a specific direction that helped

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Benjamin Johnson

daily rituals, such as drinking coffee or going to work, that are likely to seem familiar to his readers, and yet these same poems spin into complicated or surprising conceits precisely because they are presented by speakers whose “refined sensibilities,” to borrow Eliot’s term, have been wrenched to

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Benjamin B. Olshin

George M.A. Hanfmann saw it as a reference to a kind of ancient religious ritual involving a mechanical facsimile of a horse: The bronze horse, presumably a man-made construction, is puzzling. A possible explanation may lie in the existence of a ritual of a god, in which an artificial horse played a part

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Benjamin B. Olshin

preserved only by a small elite. Examples include processes as varied as Japanese sword-making techniques and Polynesian methods for sailing across vast stretches of the Pacific Ocean using “stick maps.” Early technical or scientific knowledge is encoded in a myth, folklore, epic, or ritual for the purposes