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For the first time on film:

How writing was created

How writing functions

How writing is the foundation of our society


gWith 48 authors, linguists, historians,

anthropologists, and poets.

From the production
company that created the
award-winning series
The Human Language

Now available on DVD

 
Watch show opening
 
Watch it on PBS

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A highly accessible grand overview of a fundamental and essential subject.
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