The English Language

How has it developed over time and generations?

Glyphs & picture Writing

The English language was not always made up of sounds. First it was made up of symbols that represented an idea, or phrase. This kind of writing is known as ideograms, and by the Maya and ancient Egyptians as glyphs, and hieroglyphs. To get the idea of a ideogram, imagine a smiley face. :) A smiley face is known universally to mean happiness, but could be interpreted differently, as meaning smile or face. Next came the logogram. The logogram was much closer to our current English language.These symbols represented sounds, and could be put together to make words. However, there was many of them, hundreds even, and because of this it was much more difficult than our current way of speaking. Then as the logogram developed more and more. The number of symbols was cut down and the symbols were changed until they became what we know today as the English language

Internet Takeover!!!!

As time progressed through the age of technology, we started to use more words that made absolutely no sense for texting, writing, or even just speaking. Here are some of those terms.

1. Pwned

Basically, It means to own something or be better at something. ex. "wow I am really good at the video game, but since I lost you pwned me."

Means Laugh out loud, normally used in text or email.

3. Selfie

A selfie is a picture taken on a phone of yourself, then uploaded to social media. ex. "I took a selfie for instagram" Was voted the most used word of 2013

Although as time progressed we became more and more intelligent in the english language, we have come up with words that have "downgraded" the English language, making us follow the rules of grammar less, and therefore, have made it more confusing than thought possible.

Due to my research, I believe the English language has progressed very much over time.

Q & A

Q: How did the Mayan count?

A:The Mayan counted with lines and dots! The lines represented 5 and the dots represented one. They used a base 20 system! so a line under 2 dots would be 7

Q: are logograms only in the English language?

A:No. They were originally the basis of every language, but my conclusion was only on the English language. However, The idea of ideograms and logograms could be applied in all languages.

Q:What time frames were Logograms used in?

A: Trick Question! logograms are still used today in some languages such as Chinese, and in logos! (think about it, logo, logograms?) but their first recorded use was during the Shang dynasty (1500 - 1050 B.C.E)

This Project Created By Emma Broggi

This Project was created as a pbl by Emma For Mrs. Clemente.


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