February 7, 2017

The annual Oriental Institute Seminar organized this year by Ilona Zsolnay on "Seen Not Heard: Composition, Iconicity, and the Classifier Systems of Logosyllabic Scripts" will take place on Thursday-Friday, March 2-3, 2017, in Breasted Hall of the Oriental Institute. Please refer to the conference webpage for full details.

Seen Not Heard explores the various ways in which the earliest writing systems — Egyptian, Anatolian, and Mayan hieroglyphic systems, Mesopotamian cuneiform, and Chinese writing — exploited visible language to express meaning beyond the spoken word.