The Evolution of Writing Systems

The Evolution of Writing Systems

This article explores the history of writing systems, from its beginnings in ancient Mesopotamia to the different types of writing that emerged across civilizations, including non-phonetic and phonetic writing.

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1. Anthropology 250 Issues in Anthropology Writing Systems

2. The Beginning of History When: Writing began about 3,400 years ago. Where: The earliest evidence for writing has been found in Mesopotamia, located in what is now Iraq. Who: The Sumerians Why: The earliest evidence for writing appears to be for recording quantities and concepts, not for representing speech.

3. Types of Writing Non-Phonetic 1. Pictographs 2. Ideographs 3. Logographs Phonetic 1. Syllabic 2. Consonantal 3. Alphabetic

4. Pictographic Writing Pictographic writing tells stories through pictures Each picture represents a phrase , sentence or part of a story

5. Pictographs Minoan culture developed on the island of Crete in the Aegean Sea south of Greece and south west of Turkey at about 2000 BC.

6. Examples of Pictographs Used Today

7. Ideograms are symbols that represent ideas a less literal representation than pictographs, but still a logical connection between the representation and the thing it represents. Examples: 1. Hittite Culture that ruled Anatolia (what is now Turkey) between 2000 and 1700 BC 2. Nigeria in the early 20 th Century 3. Indus Valley

8. Modern Idiograms

9. Logographs and Ideographs Logographs are graphics that represent a word. Ideographs are graphics that represent an idea, sometimes more than a word. Many symbols can be said to be both ideographic and logographic

10. Chinese Characters as Logograms/Ideograms

12. Chinese (Older Version)

13. Modern Korean

15. Easter Island Writing The writing from Easter Island has not been decyphered. It appears to be at least partially pictographic but may be ideographic or logographic in nature.

16. Mixtec Logographic Script Arabic Consonantal Alphabetic

17. Maya Glyphs

18. Syllabic Script from Cyprus

19. Japanese Writing Systems Kanji = characters of Chinese origin (combine logographs and syllabary symbols) used for nouns and verb stems Hirigana = a syllabary used for verb ending and grammatical participles (on, to) Katakana = used for non-Japanese words or loan words

23. Alphabetic Writing In Alphabetic writing, each symbol represents a single sound. Words are made up of sounds, and written words are made up of the symbols for those sounds. Alphabetic writing has symbols for both vowels and consonants. Consonantal writing has symbols for only consonants, and readers have to fill in the vowels from the context.

25. Runic Carving with Writing

27. The Evolution of Writing Egyptian Pictographs to Logographs Logographs combined with alphabetic Alphabetic evolves to be less pictographic and more symbolic

28. Egyptian Hieroglyphics are a mixture of alphabetic and logographic writing.

30. The Transition from Hieroglyphic to Phonological Script as the Phoenicians borrowed and modified the Egyptians writing system

31. Alphabetic Writing is a phonological writing system that has a different symbol for each vowel and consonant sound.

32. Consonantal Writing The Phoenicians developed a phonological writing system based on consonants only, depending on the reader to fill in the vowels. This characteristic was carried on in Hebrew until diacritic marks were added to consonants to fill in some of the vowel sounds.

33. Bonobo Chimps and Writing vage_rumbaugh_on_apes_that_write.html

34. Study Guide Writing Pictographs Ideographs Logographs Hieroglyphics Glyphs Syllabic writing Alphabetic writing