Written Language: Changing the World One Word at a Time

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“Writing is the visual representation of language through the use of an established selection of markings” (“The Significance”). The development of written forms of languages is one of the most important developments in the history of the world. Imagine living in a world without texting, emails, or books. The only way people could communicate with each other would be with their voices. The many devices used for communicating exist because we have a way of writing our language down. Not only would we not have the communication devices, but also we would not have an idea as to how the people who lived on this earth before us lived. With nothing to write down, learning a new language would be extremely hard as well. Many awe-inspiring books have been written, but, without written language, the very thought of a book would be beyond our comprehension. Because of these reasons, the development of written languages carries a large amount of importance through the centuries (Palmer). The Egyptians were the earliest people who created a written form of their language. Hieroglyphics are found on pyramid walls, inscribed on tombs, and on papyrus. Writing was found on practically every surface the Egyptians were able to write on. They illustrated some parts of what was written to make things easier to understand even though some characters used in Egyptian hieroglyphics resemble what they refer to. A myriad of the characters represent more than one letter. For example, the illustration of a head stood for the sound that the two consonants t and p would make. It is illustrations like these that made it harder for the students during ancient times to learn the written form of their respective language (Carboni). Because the Egyptian civili... ... middle of paper ... ...4. Burzillo, David. “Writing and World History.” World History Connected. 1.2 (2004): 44 pars. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Carboni, G. "The History of Writing." The History of Writing. N.p., 1 July 2006. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Gelb, Ignace. "Characteristics." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 7 May 2014. "History of Writing." History of Writing. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Palmer, Kendra A. "Writing: A Necessary Undertaking in Advanced Society." Student Pulse 1.12 (2009) Web. 29 Apr. 2014. "The Significance of the Written Word." Treasures of the McDonald Collection. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 May 2014. Turkle, Sherry. "How Computers Change the Way We Think." The Chronicle of Higher Education. N.p., 30 Jan. 2004. Web. 7 May 2014. Whipps, Heather. "How Writing Changed the World." LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 10 Feb. 2008. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.

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