Language and Writing <ul><li>From Orality to Literacy </li></ul>
Language <ul><li>humans are distinguished as a species by their advanced capacity to use language  </li></ul><ul><li>langu...
 
<ul><li>Language is the most important development in the history of humankind. </li></ul><ul><li>Other animals have forms...
 
 
Languages are not static--they evolve over time <ul><li>Old English - Largely Germanic </li></ul><ul><li>Middle English - ...
History of Writing <ul><li>Approximately 5000 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Earliest example is Cuneiform </li></ul>
Cuneiform <ul><li>Created by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia </li></ul><ul><li>Likely began as pictographs that became abstra...
 
 
Egyptian Hieroglyphics
Indus Valley Seal
Ancient Chinese Script
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    1. 1. Language and Writing <ul><li>From Orality to Literacy </li></ul>
    2. 2. Language <ul><li>humans are distinguished as a species by their advanced capacity to use language </li></ul><ul><li>language is the means for connecting the internal world of the organism to the external world of natural and social phenomena </li></ul>
    3. 4. <ul><li>Language is the most important development in the history of humankind. </li></ul><ul><li>Other animals have forms of communication. Higher order mammals even display signs of symbolic communication. </li></ul><ul><li>No other species has the advanced capacity for language and the ability to utilize abstraction to convey internal consciousness, natural phenomena and time. </li></ul>
    4. 7. Languages are not static--they evolve over time <ul><li>Old English - Largely Germanic </li></ul><ul><li>Middle English - Fusion with French </li></ul><ul><li>Elizabethan English - Development of Print, Empire </li></ul><ul><li>Modern English -Still evolving, but with a standardization of grammar and vocabulary </li></ul>
    5. 8. History of Writing <ul><li>Approximately 5000 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Earliest example is Cuneiform </li></ul>
    6. 9. Cuneiform <ul><li>Created by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia </li></ul><ul><li>Likely began as pictographs that became abstracted into symbols </li></ul><ul><li>Drawn on Clay tablets with a stylus </li></ul><ul><li>Used for keeping records </li></ul>
    7. 12. Egyptian Hieroglyphics
    8. 13. Indus Valley Seal
    9. 14. Ancient Chinese Script
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