Re: Stroke order for producing cuneiform signs

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Thu May 02 2002 - 13:59:29 EDT

on Thu, 2 May 2002 12:36:53 +0100 Michael Everson wrote:

>At 11:24 +0100 2002-05-02, William Overington wrote:
>>Well, what is meant by stroke order?
>The order in which strokes are written. Cuneiform wordlists are
>organized on this principle. So all words beginning with a single
>horizontal stroke come first, then all those beginning with a double
>horizontal stroke, and so on.

MODERN cuneiform SIGN lists are typically organized on the basis of sign
SHAPE, not stroke order; ancient cuneiform WORD lists are typically
organized along semantic domains - wood products, vessels, etc.


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