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Unformatted text preview: CMUN 160 MIDTERM QUIZ REVIEW The Origins of Writing by Andrew Robinson, page 36 Uses of reading • Put agreements, laws, & commandments on record • Predict future Ancient societies obsessed with what to come in the future • Provided identity card or property marker Origins of Writing • Began with accountancy Developed “as a direct consequence of compelling demands of an expanding economy • Theory of pictographic origin 1 st symbols generally thought to be pictograms • Some scholars believe writing was a result of conscious search by an unknown Sumerian individual in city of Uruk • Some believe writing was a result of evolution over a long period of time, rather than a flash of inspiration • Some believed it grew out of a long-standing counting system of clay “tokens” Contrasts between Asian & European and American Alphabets • Mix of phonetic and semantic signs • Asian alphabet used symbols to represent sounds • European and American alphabets ordinary literacy need to be able to be recognize...
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