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- AKA: Writing, Natural Language Writing System, Written Language.
- See: Speech System, Orthographic.
- (Wikipedia, 2009) ⇒ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writing
- Writing is the representation of language in a textual medium through the use of a set of signs or symbols (known as a writing system). It is distinguished from illustration, such as cave drawing and painting, and the recording of language via a non-textual medium such as magnetic tape audio.
- In Eurasia writing began as a consequence of the burgeoning needs of accounting. Around the 4th millennium BC, the complexity of trade and administration outgrew the power of memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form (Robinson, 2003, p. 36). In Mesoamerica writing may have evolved through calendrics and a political necessity for recording historical events.
- (Wikipedia, 2009) ⇒ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writing#Writing_systems
- The major writing systems – methods of inscription – broadly fall into four categories: logographic, syllabic, alphabetic, and featural. Another category, ideographic (symbols for ideas), has never been developed sufficiently to represent language. A sixth category, pictographic, is insufficient to represent language on its own, but often forms the core of logographies.
- (Sproat et al, 1996) ⇒ Richard Sproat, William A. Gale, Chilin Shih, and Nancy Chang. (1996). "A Stochastic Finite-state Word-Segmentation Algorithm for Chinese." In: Computational Linguistics, 22(3).