Cuneiform Script

817 WordsMar 29, 20074 Pages
Cuneiform Expression: The Language Before Letters The Cuneiform script, an early form of language consisting of pictographic symbols, was first created by the Sumerians and later built on by other cultures. Written on wet clay tablets, Cuneiform symbols were drawn with a long reed crafted into a writing instrument, also known as a stylus. The stylus created wedge shapes, which is why the name cuneiform was assigned to it. Cuneiform translates to "wedge shaped". Some Languages included in the Cuneiform classification were Sumerian, Akkadian, Elamite, Hittite, Luwian, Hurrian, Hattic, and Urartian. Cuneiform was primarily used during the time period that lasted between the 30th century BC to 1st century AD. The first symbol picture was…show more content…
Among the many varieties stemming from the Mesopotamian cuneiform came Hittite, which was named after the Hattusa kingdom in the Old Testament. The Hittites, a people centered in north-central Anatolia, developed their own customized language evolving from the ancient cuneiform. This language was used mostly for writing secular text. Hittite contained many words that were borrowed from other languages, such as the Hurrian and the Hattic, and was composed of a primarily syllabic nature. The Hittite language was used from 1600 BC to 1100 BC, and it is suspected that the language was still spoken after the Hittite empire collapsed. Hittite was the earliest Indo- European language, although some argue otherwise about its classification. Although the cuneiform script includes other cultures and languages, these ones are significantly important because they were widely used and they all basically started a very new way for particular cultures. Communication is a very important part of our history of knowledge and culture. Along with new communication comes new ideas, thoughts, technology, ways of living, and culture. We can even see how our modern language today, much like these languages, evolved from much simpler language into a process of communication we use on a daily
Open Document