Sign, Symbol, and Script
Origins of Written Communications and the Birth of the AlphabetStreaming Video - 2005
Written language is arguably humankind's most important invention. This delightfully accessible documentary uses maps, tables, artifacts, and copious examples to trace the progression of communication through its six stages: gestures, picture writing, pictograms, ideograms, phonograms, and acrophonic characters. Through detailed narration, the program explores topics such as the function of tokens, wall paintings, and wampum; the flowering of Egyptian hieroglyphs, Mesopotamian cuneiform, and Chinese ideograms; the influence of Ugaritic cuneiform and Sinaitic script; and the metamorphosis of the Phoenician alphabet into the Latin characters used today.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, , c1996
Alternative Title: Origins of written communications and the birth of the alphabet