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Language Visible; Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet from A to Z

Strangely, I think this is one of the most concise history of the world - it really shows how the David Sacks. Letters are tangible language.


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Joining together in endless combinations to actually show speech, letters convey our messages and tell our stories. While we encounter these tiny shapes hundreds of times a day, we take for granted the long, fascinating history behind one of the most fundamental of human inventions -- the alphabet.

The heart of the book is the 26 fact-filled "biographies" of letters A through Z, each one identifying the letter's particular significance for modern readers, tracing its development from ancient forms, and discussing its noteworthy role in literature and other media. We learn, for example, why the letter X has a sinister and sexual aura, how B came to signify second best, why the word "mother" in many languages starts with M, and what is the story of O.

Although Sacks writes for nonspecialists, he distills an impressive range of scholarship into his examination of the alphabet's complex cultural history…Delightfully entertaining and engrossing. Skip to main content.


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  7. Description Letters are tangible language. He wrote a part series for the "Ottawa Citizen" on the letters of the alphabet that was received enthusiastically by readers and which he has expanded and developed into Language Visible.

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