Origins of Written Language (Language of Coins: 2/16)

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Video

Jan van der Crabben
by Art of the Problem
published on 03 April 2014

The origin of pictographic & ideographic writing systems are imagined in the first part of this story (proto-writing). The rebus principle is introduced, setting the stage for the development of an alphabet. Featuring some key artifacts from France, Spain, Egypt & Ancient Sumer: Cave Drawings, Narmer Palette, Hunters Palette, Cuneiform Accounting Tablets.

references (book):
- The Alphabetic Labyrinth (Drucker)
- Letter Perfect (David Sacks)
- Empire and Communications (Innis)
- The Science of Language (Chomsky)

web:
- http://cuneiform.library.cornell.edu/
- http://www.citrinitas.com/history_of_viscom/

Stock footage thanks to:
- University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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Problem, A. o. t. (2014, April 03). Origins of Written Language (Language of Coins: 2/16). World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/145/origins-of-written-language-language-of-coins-216/

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Problem, Art of the. "Origins of Written Language (Language of Coins: 2/16)." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 03, 2014. https://www.worldhistory.org/video/145/origins-of-written-language-language-of-coins-216/.

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Problem, Art of the. "Origins of Written Language (Language of Coins: 2/16)." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 03 Apr 2014. Web. 09 Feb 2023.

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