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111A term paper - Averbukh Ryan Averbukh English 111A...

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Averbukh Ryan Averbukh English 111A Professor Nagy 3-17-08 When one considers all the modern commodities that society has created, none can measure up to the importance of communication. Through evolution, individuals have figured out many different methods to transfer new ideas between one another and this has provided us with an efficient way to keep the world progressing. Through personal experience, one knows that communication is utterly difficult without the implementation of the spoken word. Expressing ones self through verbal elements is the key to unlocking other forms of communication, especially writing. Writing, in its simplest form, is simply spoken word transferred onto a permanent source such as paper. Its significance has allowed for some of the most sacred and powerful ideas to be viewed by the public without hearing it from the initial source. Writing as a written art has been around since B.C. With the expansion of a global social network, it allowed this art to transform into many different systems of belief. So where did writing originate, you ask? That can be attributed to an ancient art form known as cuneiform. Society has been able to use its fundamental principles to establish the crucial link needed to connect civilizations of people. Cuneiform is a sacred art form whose history and culture has given us the backbone needed to advance towards the modern media age. After close examination it will become clearer on how cuneiform provided the tools needed to establish the world’s modern languages, thus furthering the significance of its existence. 1
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Averbukh To classify writing as being “old”, it would be subjective to say that Old English is the oldest writing known to exist. Cuneiform surpasses Old English in existence by far, with circa 4 th millennium B.C. The Sumerian people of Mesopotamia, an area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (modern-day Iraq), created it originally as a method of recording food consumptions for future reference. The Sumerians were not a very well known tribe during this time, yet there contribution to cuneiform elevated their social status dramatically. According to Andrew George, the amount of new information produced during this time period was extraordinary and needed to somehow be organized. He states, “The administration of the great urban institutions, the palace and the temple, became to complex for the human memory to cope with (George, 15).” To solve this epidemic, the Sumerians were forced to establish a reliable source, hence cuneiform. The word cuneiform, like a lot of earlier prehistoric words, is derived from Latin: “cuneus” meaning wedge and “forma” meaning shape. It was created by carving symbols and characters onto clay tablets yet other materials such as stone and wax were also used. The tablets that were used ranged in size from less than a square an inch in area, to enormous, multi-columned ones that took up over 100 square inches. Depending on the necessities
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