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The Origins and Development of Writing

Lecture no. 2 from the course: Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity

The Origins and Development of Writing

Taught by Professor Marc Zender | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Now that you understand the significance of writing, explore three popular beliefs or myths about where writing comes from and how it developed. Investigate the theories of monogenesis versus polygenesis—whether writing was only invented once or independently in locations around the world—and the reasons writing systems are resistant to change.


September 28, 2016