Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9789059722835 Published November 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Words Out of Wood

Proposals for the Decipherment of the Easter Island Script

M. De Laat

M. De Laat

Distributed for Eburon Publishers, Delft

292 pages | 7 x 9 3/4 | © 2009
Paper $49.00 ISBN: 9789059722835 Published November 2009 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Two dozen or so wooden tablets discovered on Easter Island late in the nineteenth century are all that remain of rongorongo—a series of glyphs thought to be the writing system of the island’s lost people. In Words Out of Wood, M. de Laat explores the construction and use of these enigmatic figures and makes a compelling case that rongorongo, despite its resistance to decipherment, constitutes nothing less than a fully developed script. Reproduced here in clear, full-page illustrations, the glyphs stand alongside the great moai statues as lasting monuments of the inventiveness and artistry of the remote Pacific island.

Contents

Introduction

 

1        Script

1.1  Syllables

1.2  Signs

1.3  Words

1.4  Frames

1.4.1        Nominal frame

1.4.2        Verbal frame

2        Texts

2.1  The murder investigation

2.1.1        Introduction

2.1.2        Transcription and analysis

2.2  The unwanted resurrection

2.2.1        Introduction

2.2.2        Transcription and analysis

2.3  The magic eyes

2.3.1        Introduction

2.3.2        Transcription and analysis

3        Conclusions

 

Appendices

 

A: Vocabulary

B: Index on tablet transliterations

C: Sources of illustrations

 

References

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