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DECIPHERING ANCIENT LANGUAGES

Linguistics (Division 423) 102, Section 003 -- Fall 1999
Instructor: William Baxter


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First-Year Seminar:
Deciphering Ancient Languages


What's new?

Problem set 5: French proclamation in Egypt

What?


The written remains of ancient cultures--if we can read them--tell us a great deal about how the human world got the way it is. Over the last two centuries, scholars have managed to decipher Ancient Egyptian, the cuneiform scripts of the Middle East, and (most recently) the Maya hieroglyphs of Central America. This course looks at how they did it.

Problem sets involving authentic ancient inscriptions will be used to show how historical and linguistic knowledge, careful reasoning, and dumb luck have led to successful decipherments in the past, and may produce additional successes in the future. (3 credits, Humanities)

Who?

Instructor: William Baxter, Associate Professor
Program in Linguistics | Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Office: 3094 Frieze Building 1285

Telephone: (734) 763-3704 (office)

e-mail: wbaxter@umich.edu

home page: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~wbaxter/

When?

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 am -- 10:00 am

Where?

3527 Frieze Building

University of Michigan | Program in Linguistics

This page was last updated Thu, Nov 18, 1999, at 7:59 AM.
If you have comments or corrections, please contact William Baxter (wbaxter@umich.edu).