Lecture in week 2 presents the Cuneiform writing system. For Option 1, you should discuss some other writing system. Please avoid choosing writing systems for make-up languages like Klingon or Dothraki. You should say which writing system you have in mind, and which language or languages the writing system encodes. Give a short example of a sentence or a text written in your writing system, along with a transliteration (that is, a rough guide to the pronunciation in the language being represented), as well as a rough translation into English. How is the writing system related to the language it represents? Do the symbols of the writing system encode sounds, syllables, ideas, or some mixture? How is it similar/different to cuneiform and to written English? What quirks are you aware of that make this writing system interesting or puzzling? One way to approach this assignment would be to discuss a writing system you know well, such as the writing system for your native language (as long as that native language is not English); another way is to choose a writing system you know nothing about, and learn about it, and then write about what you learned. Possible examples include hieroglyphics, Mayan glyphs, Devanagari, Cyrillic, Arabic script, Hebrew script, Greek, Inuktitut, Tigrinya, or many, many others. This option is about exploration. Your writing goal is to report on what you found in a clear, brief, informative, and well-organized manner.
You should refer to works assigned in class by giving the title or the author’s name. You don’t need to provide citation details for works assigned in class. If you consult works other than the ones in class, you must of course clearly acknowledge the source in the main text. You should also provide citation details at the end of the assignment (not included in the word count) that give at least the authors’ names, the date of publication (if available), the title of the work, the publisher (if avaialble), volume (for journals), and page numbers. You’re welcome to consult Wikipedia entries, and if you do, you should give citation details. Note that it is unlikely that basing your work only on Wikipedia articles will be sufficient to justify a full grade
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