Cuneiform script is one of the earliest systems of writing, distinguished by its
wedge-shaped .... When the words had similar meaning but very different sounds
they were written with the same symbol...
Details of the Sumerian cuneiform script, the world's oldest writing system, ... the
symbol for arrow, pronounced 'ti', was used to represent the word for life (til).
The name comes from the Latin word cuneus for 'wedge' owing to the wedge-
shaped style of writing. In cuneiform, a carefully cut writing implement known as a
Enable Sumerian True Type Font 11. Development of Cuneiform From
Pictographs 12. Sumerian Word for Venus 13. Sumerian Alphabet? 14. Sumerian
In its early stages, cuneiform writing was bascially logographic in nature, and a
sign represented a content word (a thing or an action). The drawback of a purely
All of them are mixtures of pictograpic word-symbols and symbols for the sound
of ... We do know that the Sumerians developed a writing system known today as
The Sumerians invented writing around 3500 B.C.; but it would be almost 1,000
... The earliest forms of Sumerian writing were pictographs ("picture words") ...
The Cuneiform writing system developed here was the first form of
communication ... by a picture of a bull, and a pictograph of barley signified the
Language existed long before writing, emerging probably simultaneously with ...
at a level representing the time of the crystallization of the Sumerian culture. ...
Others were determinatives that at the end of the word gave a sense of the word ...
This brought about a transition from pure word writing to a partial phonetic script.
Thus, for example, the picture of a hand came to stand not only for Sumerian šu ...