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A Grammar of Mandarin by Jeroen Wiedenhof (LIAS, LUCL) combines broad perspectives with illuminating depth. Crammed with examples from everyday conversations, it aims to let the language speak for itself.
A flake of limestone (ostracon) inscribed with an ancient Egyptian word list of the fifteenth century BC turns out to be the world’s oldest known abecedary. The words have been arranged according to their initial sounds, and the order followed here is one that is still known today. This discovery has been published in the October issue of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies.