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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, Nov. 25 2002
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This review is from: Alphabet to Email: How Written English Evolved and Where It's Heading (Paperback)
Baron bases her book on the timeline of literacy. She begins early in the year 1150 and touches on the story of Robin Hood. Robin Hood was unable to write to his love because he simply did not know how. Baron next back tracks into B.C. and explains how the Greeks were the first people to have an Alphabet. Baron jumps forth in time to about 1400 BC when Munks were writing by hand day in and out to write books. In 1445, Gutenburg produced the first mass produced bible. Baron goes on to talk of the paper types and such and continues to follow down the timeline of literacy. When she reaches near the end of the time line, she brings in the telegraph, then the telephone, and last email. She explains how our social etiquette has changed in literacy. She ends her book with email and where it will lead us to next.There is a great purpose to this book. Baron's purpose of her book is to teach her readers about language and literature and the history of language and literature. There is quote on the back of her book by Publishers Weekly stating, "...Baron's book examines the cultural, political, religious, and technological influences on written language as compared with spoken language."
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