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December 11, 2019 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

From Arabic and Japanese to Hebrew, Javanese and Cherokee, explore 26 unique scripts and alphabets this month with The Art of Language from Lonely Planet – and learn to beautifully write a local proverb in each with the book’s calligraphy tutorials.

Accompanying insights into each language’s roots and popularity today make The Art of Language a fascinating guide into other cultures and traditions.

“As this book will show you, writing is like a slow-growing local plant whose roots are astonishingly deep,” Tim Brookes of The Endangered Alphabets Project writes in the book’s Introduction.

“A traveller who ignores local writing is missing as much as one who ignores local architecture,” Tim says, “And as this book shows, many scripts have managed to thrive in our information age even as Latin letters have overtaken others.”

“If you practise the calligraphy exercises offered in this book,” Tim continues, “you may realise something arguably even deeper about writing. Writing is an expression of its cultural origins, but the act of writing is an extension of the body, of the turn of the human wrist. It’s a form of grace, almost a dance.”

The Art of Language features the following scripts per region:

  • Africa– Arabic, Ge’ez, N’Ko, Tifinagh, Vai
  • Asia– Bengali, Burmese, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Hangul, Hanuno’o, Japanese, Kawi-Javanese, Khmer, Mongolian, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan
  • North America Cherokee, Cree
  • Middle East Arabic, Hebrew, Syriac
  • Europe Armenian, Cyrillic, Georgian, Greek

LONELY PLANET: THE ART OF LANGUAGE

Published: December 2019

ISBN: 9781788683043 | Dimensions: 223.5mm × 182mm | Format: 128pp, flexibound

Price: AU$24.99 / NZ$29.99

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