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  • Writing — is the representation of language in a textual medium through the use of a set of signs or symbols (known as a writing system). It is distinguished from illustration, such as cave drawing and painting, and the recording of language via a non… …   Wikipedia

  • Writing systems of Africa — The Writing Systems of Africa refer to the current and historical practice of written language on the African continent. The importance of oral culture and tradition in Africa and the recent dominance of European languages through colonialism,… …   Wikipedia

  • WRITING — (Scripts, Materials, and Inscriptions). SCRIPTS AND MATERIALS General Survey From the end of the third millennium B.C.E., the art of writing was practiced in the ancient Near East (see alphabet ). Here, the pictographic, cuneiform, and… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • pictographic — adjective consisting of or characterized by the use of pictographs a pictographic script pictographic stage in the development of writing • Pertains to noun: ↑pictograph • Derivationally related forms: ↑pictograph * * * | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|grafik adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • writing — /ruy ting/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that writes. 2. written form: to commit one s thoughts to writing. 3. that which is written; characters or matter written with a pen or the like: His writing is illegible. 4. such characters or… …   Universalium

  • Writing system — Predominant scripts at the national level, with selected regional and minority scripts. Alphabet Latin Cyrillic Latin Greek …   Wikipedia

  • writing — Synonyms and related words: alphabet, alphabetic character, art, article, artistry, authorcraft, authorship, autograph, automatic writing, best seller, black and white, blank, blueprint, book, bound book, brainchild, cacoethes scribendi,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • writing systems — Chinese characters (sinographs, logographs), have a known history of approximately 3,200 years, with the earliest forms visible on the so called oracle bones used by Shang diviners to query the future. At origin somewhat pictographic, this aspect …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • pictographic — pɪktÉ™ græfɪk adj. of pictorial writing, of pictures that represent ideas …   English contemporary dictionary

  • History of writing — Writing systems History Grapheme List of writing systems Types Featural alphabet Alphabet Abjad Abugida Syllabary Logography Shorthand …   Wikipedia

  • List of writing systems — This is a list of writing systems (or scripts), classified according to some common distinguishing features.The usual name of the script is given first (and bolded); the name of the language(s) in which the script is written follows (in brackets) …   Wikipedia