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

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