Over Five Thousand Years Ago People In Mesopotamia Developed A Farm Of Writing To Record And Communicate Different Information .The First Writing Was Based On Pictograms . The Writing System Began With Pictures Or Signs Drawn as Well As Clay Tablets. Mesopotamian Scribes Recorded Daily Events, Trade and Literature on Clay Tablets. The Different Signs Showed and Mean Different Things.
The Earliest Writing Was Based On Pictograms. In This Time Period There Were No Such Thing As Paper. Pictograms Were Used To Communicate Basic Information About Crops And Taxes. Pictographs were the earliest writing form invented in which everyday objects are depicted through signs (Nemet-Nejat, 331). These were made by writing on wet clay tablets with an instrument, a calamus, probably made out of a reed (Cottrell, 12). This calamus was a pointed stylus, and this is important to remember for the tip of the stylus changes with the development of script.
Scribes were very important people. They were trained to write cuneiform and record many of the languages spoken in Mesopotamia. Without scribes, letters would not have been written or read, royal monuments would not have been carved with cuneiform, and stories would have been told and then forgotten. Scribes wrote on different shaped objects depending on the type of information they wanted to record
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. A syllabary is a set of written symbols that represent syllables. Each symbol in a logographic system stands for a fixed morpheme, that is, the smallest meaningful unit of a word, a logogram. Logographic systems use the rebus principle to make a complex phrase. "B + 4"...