By Andrew Robinson
Writing is the defining marker of civilization, with no which there will be no documents, no historical past, no books, no accumulation of information. but if did this crucial a part of our lives commence? Why can we all write in a different way and the way did writing evolve into what we use at the present time? All of those questions are responded during this Very brief advent. Andrew Robinson tells the interesting tale of the heritage of writing, laying off gentle on its improvement and reading the big number of writing and scripts we use at the present time. beginning with the origins of writing 5 thousand years in the past, with cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs, Robinson explains how those early varieties constructed into enormous quantities of scripts, together with the Roman alphabet and chinese language characters. He unearths how the fashionable writing symbols and abbreviations we take without any consideration today--including airport signage and textual content messaging--resemble historical ones even more heavily than we'd imagine. The booklet additionally contains a chronology of occasions from 3300 BC to advert 2000, a listing of titles for extra analyzing, and an index.
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If the block is of the same age as the accompanying artefacts, then it dates from 900 BC. However, the inscription consists of only 62 signs, some of which are repeated – far too few for a decipherment, especially as nothing certain is known of the Olmec spoken language. Some scholars dispute whether the inscription qualiﬁes as full writing, but the majority think it does. ’ The Olmec legacy was highly inﬂuential in Meso-America, especially in the realm of religion. But a relationship between Olmec writing and subsequent Meso-American writing systems, though possible, is unclear.
Script is unlikely to disappear any time soon, whether in China or in Japan. In Korea, however, Chinese characters have gradually given way to the Hangul alphabet invented by King Sejong and his scholars in the 1440s. Banned during the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945, since then Hangul has been universally accepted as Korea’s national script, although Chinese characters (known as ‘hanja’) are still taught in schools in both North and South Korea. Writing and Script With the exception of the Chinese characters, the scripts of all the major early civilizations – Mesopotamian cuneiform, Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Indus script, Linear A and B, Meso-American glyphs – eventually disappeared from use, as we know.
Impressed in clay or inscribed on metal, ivory, glass, and wax, but rarely written in ink, so far as we know, cuneiform gave ancient 23 Development and diffusion of writing Having looked at the origins of the earliest scripts, we shall now glance at how each developed over the course of its existence, beginning with the oldest script, cuneiform. Writing and Script Mesopotamia a history. Rulers such as Sargon of Akkad, Hammurabi of Babylon, and the Assyrian king Sennacherib speak to us through their cuneiform inscriptions.