• According to paleontologists who study fossils and other evidence of life on earth, as the first man lived in communities, he was a social being who communicated with his kind.• In the beginning, however, he employed grunts and body language using gestures and postures to convey his ideas and needs to others.
• Slowly, he developed oral language which enabled him to express more clearly the messages he wanted to convey.• In time, various circumstances such as the need to communicate to others who are distant in place caused man to devise symbols corresponding to his oral messages.
• The Old Stone Age rock painting and in the cuneiform are evidence of the earliest human act of picture-writing and reading.
• Egyptian civilization along the Nile River carved their pictorial symbols known as hieroglyphics on the stone wall of temples and tombs.• Egyptians also inventedPaper derived from thePapyrus plant.
• But the greatest contribution to the progress of ancient civilization came from the Phoenicians who adopted and spread the use of letter-symbols of the alphabet.• Due to its simplicity, it was developed by other people such as by the Greeks and the Romans.
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