Scripts and Languages
Writing is speech put in visible form.
— Michael D. Coe
Writing Systems,1 Scripts, and Languages
Michael Coe began his book on the decipherment of the Maya script with the memorable sentence above.2 Over the centuries, a hundred or so different scripts have been developed to record human languages. Many of them, such as Egyptian hieroglyphs or the Cuneiform script went out of existence; others, such as Chinese characters, are still in use and have gone through an amazingly small amount of change during their ...