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The International History Project, The invention of writing was one of the great advances in civilization. Writing, in fact, helps assure the continuity of civilization, because it carries a tangible record of the human race from generation to generation. The earliest writing can be traced to Sumer, in Mesopotamia.
This system did not use an alphabet, instead it used pictographs which are symbols representing familiar objects. This type of writing was called cuneiform, or wedge-shaped writing.
Egyptians used hieroglyphics, also a pictograph system. The use of an alphabet probably originated among the Phoenicians sometime between and BC. This Semitic writing had only consonants; the ancient Greeks later came up with the idea of vowels.
The Chinese writing system, also very ancient, maintained its pictograph character instead of developing an alphabet. The history and prehistory of writing are as long as the history of civilization itself. Indeed the development of communication by writing was a basic step in the advance of civilization.
Yet writing is little more than 5, years old. The oldest writings that have come down to the present day are inscriptions on clay tablets made by the Sumerians in about BC.
The Sumerians lived in Mesopotamia, between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The Egyptians in the Nile River valley developed writing about to years later Writing is sometimes spoken of as humankind's greatest invention.
It was developed by many people, in many places, and over a long period of time. The identity of the individuals responsible for the major steps in the development of writing is not known. Their names, like those of the inventors of the wheel, are lost forever in the dimness of the past.
How Early Humans Communicated Long before the earliest writings of the Sumerians and the Egyptians were developed, people communicated with each other by a number of different methods.
Early humans could express thoughts and feelings by means of speech or by signs or gestures. They could signal with fire and smoke, drums, or whistles. These early methods of communication had two limitations. First, they were restricted as to the time in which communication could take place.
As soon as the words were spoken, the gesture was made, or the smoke was blown away by the wind, they were gone and could not be recovered, except by repetition.
Second, they were restricted as to space. They could be used only between persons more or less close to each other. Picture, or Idea, Writing The need for communicating in a form less limited by time and space led to drawings or markings on objects of any solid material.A comprehensive, coeducational Catholic High school Diocese of Wollongong - Albion Park Act Justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God Micah A comprehensive, coeducational Catholic High school Diocese of Wollongong - Albion Park Act Justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God Micah regional 'Hanzi and kanji: differences in the Chinese and Japanese character sets today' Hugh Grigg; 年6月30日.
Hanzi and kanji are the Chinese and Japanese pronunciations of the term 漢字 that is used in both languages.
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Writing. by R. A. Guisepi. The International History Project, The invention of writing was one of the great advances in civilization. Writing, in fact, helps assure the continuity of civilization, because it carries a tangible record of the human race from generation to generation.