::History of writing


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The history of writing is primarily the development of expressing language by letters or other marks<ref>Peter T. Daniels, "The Study of Writing Systems", in The World's Writing Systems, ed. Bright and Daniels, p.3</ref> and also the study and description of these developments.

In the history of how systems of representation of language through graphic means have evolved in different human civilizations, more complete writing systems were preceded by proto-writing, systems of ideographic and/or early mnemonic symbols. True writing, in which the content of a linguistic utterance is encoded so that another reader can reconstruct, with a fair degree of accuracy, the exact utterance written down<ref group="A">Although writing usually{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Weasel-inline |date=__DATE__ |$B= }} does not convey the tone of the utterance.</ref> is a later development. It is distinguished from proto-writing which typically avoids encoding grammatical words and affixes, making it more difficult or impossible to reconstruct the exact meaning intended by the writer unless a great deal of context is already known in advance. One of the earliest forms of written expression is cuneiform.<ref>Empires of the Plain: Henry Rawlinson and the Lost Languages of Babylon, New York, St. Martin's Press (2003) ISBN 0-312-33002-2</ref>

History of writing sections
Intro  Inventions of writing  Writing systems  Recorded history  Locations and timeframes  Materials of writing  See also  Notes  Citations  References  Further reading  External links  

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