This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Contest: 500 gr of IMV to the winner. Contest ends 12 PM Hawaii time = 10/28/07. Trivia Question: Why are the graphics for the ancient languages written = either right to left or up to down but never left to right?
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Barry Luterman wrote: <Snip> Because their written alphabets were? I'm not sure what you mean with graphics, but I'm thinking letters. I took Hebrew, but don't know why. - -- Jason Brooks jbrookshttp://javajeb.wordpress.com- ------------------------------- Enjoying good coffee in the Heart of Virginia -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.7 (MingW32) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla -http://enigmail.mozdev.orgiD8DBQFHJRFOvsJkiMz+UPsRAl0fAKCVsaU6FQjny9obZFdVAnAIDVfK9ACcCib5 3OZqNzvNMx68S8PHo/EsVzI= =xUMA -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
--Apple-Mail-34-556786210 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Content-Type: text/plain; charset -ASCII; delsp=yes; format=flowed Actually, to be serious, could it be because, as some scientists have postulated, the bicameral mind had not yet evolved and so the brain could not comprehend language written left to right? On Oct 28, 2007, at 5:28 PM, Barry Luterman wrote: <Snip> Sandy www.sandyandina.com www.sass-music.com --Apple-Mail-34-556786210 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset O-8859-1 Actually, to be serious, could it be because, as some scientists have = postulated, the bicameral mind had not yet evolved and so the brain = could not comprehend language written left to right? On = Oct 28, 2007, at 5:28 PM, Barry Luterman wrote:
Apparently directionality was pretty helter-skelter originally with it being pretty much up to the person writing it. Eventually, languages sorta settled in and different cultures made different choices. At least that is what I learned in school and that is what is reflected in this wikipedia articlehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writing_system"Directionality See also: Horizontal and vertical writing in East Asian scripts and Bi-directional text Different scripts are written in different directions. The early alphabet could be written in any direction: either horizontal (left-to-right or right-to-left) or vertical (up or down). It could also be written boustrophedon: starting horizontally in one direction, then turning at the end of the line and reversing direction. Egyptian hieroglyph is one such script, where the beginning of a line written horizontally was to be indicated by the direction in which animal and human ideograms are looking. The Greek alphabet and its successors settled on a left-to-right pattern, from the top to the bottom of the page. Other scripts, such as Arabic and Hebrew, came to be written right-to-left. Scripts that incorporate Chinese characters have traditionally been written vertically (top-to-bottom), from the right to the left of the page, but nowadays are frequently written left-to-right, top-to-bottom, due to Western influences, a growing need to accommodate terms in the Roman alphabet, and technical limitations in popular electronic document formats. The Mongolian alphabet is unique in being the only script written top-to-bottom, left-to-right; this direction originated from an ancestral Semitic direction by rotating the page 90° counter-clockwise to conform to the appearance of Chinese writing. Scripts with lines written away from the writer, from bottom to top, also exist, such as several used in the Philippines and Indonesia." vicki <Snip>
You are all saying the same thing but you are not telling me what caused the change.
It had to do with the constellations, I believe it was the mayans who were quite astronomy adept... and since back then most of language was really symbology, not actual letters really, .. it tied in. The greeks were the ones who actually added vowels to the language, then decided, well since we invented it, we'll just write / read it left to right and it kind of stuck from there. aaron
The ruler of the day decided he wanted things done his way, hence that was the way it was from that point on. hows that sound?
You are expecting a concrete one true thing answer for culture change, sure... v Barry Luterman wrote: <Snip>
Not a culture change . Rather an outside event which influenced culture
Until the invention of paper, clay tablets were used to write upon. the clay, being very soft, was susceptible to smudgung, so the direction of the text had to prevent the user from dragging their arm/hand/whatever across the text already created. Paper changed everything. with its ability to absorb inks, so you could write in any direction without smearing the work already created. I guess... On 10/28/07, Barry Luterman wrote: <Snip>
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. This is it came in at 2:02 PM Steve Sakoman was almost there but his = came in at 203 PM. Writing was either right to left,up or down, or = circular if it had to be carved. Left handed people were scorned if = carved with a hammer and chisel ones forearm got in the way and one = could not correctly align the characters. When the Phoenicians = discovered papyrus it all changed all new written languages went left to = right so as not to smear the ink. Baily that's twice you have scored a = win on me. Send me your address off line I'll mail your beans tomorrow
To celebrate my loss, the 10th person to email me OFF LIST wins a pound of Panama Boquete - Lerida Estate Peaberry! Steve On 10/28/07, Barry Luterman wrote: <Snip>