This course will survey the main types of writing systems by exploring specific examples (e.g., Akkadian Cuneiform, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Greek, and Korean) of the written form. What is the relationship between symbol and sound? What are the different ways that we can represent speech, and how have those ways succeeded and failed? Students may also explore some writing systems that do not represent speech, such as numbers, musical notation, and computer code.
Writing Systems of the WorldWriting
Scheduled Class Time*
*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.