Monthly Archives: October 2013

Cursive Language and Medieval Manuscripts

Cuneform script (from the Latin word cuneus meaning ‘wedge’), is where writing as we know it today evolved from pictographs carved into clay tablets, or ‘wedged’ in using mediocre tools, as civilisations swiftly grew and spread.  As pictographs were largely … Continue reading

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Exploring Cognition

As cave paintings evolved into more abstract images then onto pictorial written language, we can see how early language stayed linked to pictures. Like in texting, we might use emoticons to express our facial expressions, even though it could just … Continue reading

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A universal language: From Isotypes to the Internet

Pictographs were invented as a basic writing and reading tools that anyone could understand and use as a replacement to memory. The images were based off of everyday objects and animals. Of course, over time languages and writing has developed … Continue reading

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Pictographs and Cuneiform Script

We have a “natural” language, which is crying out in pain from an injury or laughing with joy. We might use hand gestures to communicate to one another (everyone’s done it in their lifetime, when trying to quietly “talk” to … Continue reading

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The Birth of Symbolic Language

Humans have been around for millions and millions of years, but it’s only been a small slice of our history were we’ve actually been able to communicate with one another. Early humans  lacked natural physical features for protection (such as … Continue reading

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Summer Project: The illustrated imagination of Dr Seuss

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living; it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” – Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel (known for his pseudonym “Dr. Seuss”) is a writer, poet and illustrator of children’s … Continue reading

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