Preconditions of Writing & Co-Evolutions of Civilization & Writing

Preconditions of Writing & Co-Evolutions of Civilization & Writing

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Preconditions of Writing & Co-Evolutions of Civilization & Writing I) “A system of human communication by means of conventional visible marks” – Gelb a. Difference b/w orality and literacy i. A literate culture structures your thought process ii. Oral culture – Need good memorization. History is passed down, uncertain of reliability II) Pictograms/pictographs a. Symbol representation of object i. Concept by illustration b. Basis of hieroglyphics & cuneiform III) Phonograms a. A, B, C b. Symbol stands for sounds “phonetic” IV) Logograms a. @, $, % b. symbol stands for a specific word V) Ideogram: symbol stand for idea concept (ie: ) Robinson “The Origins of Writing” I) The Function of Writing a. i. Tells lies & truth writing ii. Literates thinkt hey know all when they don’t b. Functions i. Politics and propaganda ii. Immorality iii. Predict the future iv. Name tagging: signature/name card v. Accountancy II) Origins of Writing a. Most believe it begun w/accountancy
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course COMM 104 taught by Professor Kafka during the Spring '07 term at NYU.

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Preconditions of Writing & Co-Evolutions of Civilization & Writing

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