The Tradition of Western Literacy (P.36-37)
Some hieroglyphs and cuneiform character came to represent a sound, and
an auditory dimension was created
1500 B.C 22-letter phoenician alphabet
Introduced to the Greek of Asia Minor and Vowels were added, creating a full
range of sounds, not just consonant syllables. (Pure consonants were
Eric Havelock: talks about the now ‘common reader.’ How writing affected
memory and cognition. Specific media: wax tablets and papyrus.
Robert Logan: Shows how systems for writing and abstract numerals
evolved from token logograms . Suggests how a number of alphabets and
numbering systems cross influence each other. Says intelligence is to related
to ability to write.
Walter On g: Assesses psychodynamics of orality: the way the world is
viewed by individuals who do not have knowledge based on literacy’s visual
and linear bias