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A history of writing. Sumerian cuneiform. Pictograms Ideograms One symbol= one object/ one idea Ex: “One pastured cow”. Egyptian Hieroglyph. Hiero -glyph= sacred symbol One symbol=one idea or one sound ( rebus: nar-mer ) Evolves: one symbol=one sound No vowels Use of determinatives.

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sumerian cuneiform
Sumerian cuneiform
  • Pictograms
  • Ideograms
  • One symbol= one object/ one idea
  • Ex: “One pastured cow”
egyptian hieroglyph
Egyptian Hieroglyph
  • Hiero-glyph= sacred symbol
  • One symbol=one idea or one sound (rebus: nar-mer)
  • Evolves: one symbol=one sound
  • No vowels
  • Use of determinatives
minoan hieroglyphic and linear a
Minoan hieroglyphic and Linear A
  • Undeciphered
  • Ex: Phaistus’ disk
mycenean linear b
Mycenean Linear B
  • Linear B is a Syllabary (one symbol= one syllable)
  • Linear B uses pictograms as well
  • It represents Greek
  • Ex: Ti-ri-po-dos= tri-po-dos (tripod)
phoenician alphabet
Phoenician Alphabet
  • On symbol= one sound
  • No relationship between the symbol and what it represents except convention.
  • Based on Proto-Canaanite (first alphabet)
  • Basis of the Greek alphabet (and our own (Latin)).
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