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Writing, Technologies and Media

Writing, Technologies and Media

The word technology probably conjures up a mental picture of tools, machines and gadgets. But when writing is described as ‘the first linguistic technology’, this is not usually a reference to the invention of the mechanical tools needed to write (in the case of the ancient Sumerians, sharpened reeds which were pressed into wet clay); rather it means the invention of a system using visual symbols to stand for units of language. However, technology in the ‘tools and machines’ sense is also part of the history of written discourse, and part of what gives writing its potential as a mode of linguistic communication.

All writing has the potential unleashed by giving language an enduring material form. This is what allows messages ...

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