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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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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course CMUN 160 taught by Professor O'brien during the Spring '08 term at Loyola Chicago.
- Spring '08