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1) From: Barry Luterman
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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?

2) From: Jason Brooks
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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.
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3) From: Sandy Andina
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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?
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Sandy
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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?
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Contest: 500 gr of IMV to the winner. Contest ends 12 PM = Hawaii time 10/28/07.Trivia Question: Why are the graphics for theancient = languages written either right to left or up to down but never left to = right? Sandywww.sass-music.com
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4) From: Vicki Smith
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
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5) From: Barry Luterman
You are all saying the same thing but you are not telling me what caused the 
change.

6) From: Aaron
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

7) From: Aaron Scholten
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?

8) From: Vicki Smith
You are expecting a concrete one true thing answer for culture change, 
sure...
v
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9) From: Barry Luterman
Not a culture change . Rather an outside event which influenced culture

10) From: Bailey Blanchette
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...
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11) From: Barry Luterman
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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

12) From: Steve Sakoman
To celebrate my loss, the 10th person to email me OFF LIST wins a pound of
Panama Boquete - Lerida Estate Peaberry!
Steve
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