Invention of Visual Languages

David F. Armstrong and Sherman E. Wilcox

in The Gestural Origin of Language

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780195163483
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867523 | DOI:
 Invention of Visual Languages

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This chapter examines archeological evidence for the invention of writing and historical evidence concerning the emergence of the signed languages for the deaf to support the theory that language emerges first visually and gesturally. It shows that the development of these linguistic systems followed similar paths at places and at times that were widely separated. These events can be considered independent of one another and, thus, reflective of some fundamental human attribute.

Keywords: writing; sign language; archaeological evidence; gesture

Chapter.  6339 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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