World Emoji Day

Did you know that today is World Emoji Day?

Emojis have become an important part of modern writing systems, especially as used online. They may not (yet) be accepted as playing a role in a formal register of writing, but that does not mean that they are not valid written signs.

In fact, emojis are in some ways similar to ideograms, the term we use for individual written signs (e.g. in ancient writing systems such as Linear B) that refer to whole concepts. A smiley face conveys that you are happy or have been made to smile, but instead of writing this out in a sentence you can convey it with a single written sign.

 

LB horse

The Linear B ideogram for a horse.

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More Mayan, and Variation in Writing Systems

On Wednesday 13th July, the CREWS project hosted its first academic event, a seminar presented by Dr Christian Prager of the University of Bonn. The topic was “Of Codes and Kings: Digital Approaches in Classic Maya Epigraphic Studies”, and gave our speaker the opportunity to tell us all about the digital database of Mayan inscriptions that he is helping to build.

1-Prager talk

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Bringing the CREWS Project to YOU

The new issue of Pan European Networks’ Science and Technology magazine (Issue 19, June 2016) features a 3-page spread on the CREWS project.

 

PAN pub

If you would like to read more about the remit and the aims of the project – and why ancient writing systems and the people who used them are worth studying – then you can read the whole article for free online. Just click on the link below, and the article is on p72-4.

ARTICLE: The ABCs of History

In conjunction with the appearance of the article, I also did a fifteen-minute interview with Pan European Networks to say a little bit about the basis for the project’s research and how people can get involved with it, as well as the importance of European funding for endeavours like this one.

You can read the interview online here:

INTERVIEW: Set in Stone

These two links offer a great way of finding out a bit more about what we are planning to do with the CREWS project. There will undoubtedly be more such features that I will of course share (when someone asks me to enthuse on the subject of ancient writing systems, I find it hard to say no!), and in the future some more definite ideas about how YOU can get involved in the project.

 

~ Pippa Steele (Principal Investigator of the CREWS project)