As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by writing alone and with others pdf exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. It made the growth of states larger than the old city states possible.
It made a continuous historical consciousness possible. The command of the priest or king and his seal could go far beyond his sight and voice and could survive his death”. For example, in Mayan, the glyph for “fin”, pronounced “ka'”, was also used to represent the syllable “ka” whenever the pronunciation of a logogram needed to be indicated, or when there was no logogram. However, such phonetic elements complement the logographic elements, rather than vice versa. Phonetically related syllables are not so indicated in the script. For instance, the syllable “ka” may look nothing like the syllable “ki”, nor will syllables with the same vowels be similar. Syllabaries are best suited to languages with a relatively simple syllable structure, such as Japanese.
Most logographic systems have a strong syllabic component. As languages often evolve independently of their writing systems, and writing systems have been borrowed for languages they were not designed for, the degree to which letters of an alphabet correspond to phonemes of a language varies greatly from one language to another and even within a single language. In most of the writing systems of the Middle East, it is usually only the consonants of a word that are written, although vowels may be indicated by the addition of various diacritical marks. Writing systems based primarily on marking the consonant phonemes alone date back to the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt. In most of the alphabets of India and Southeast Asia, vowels are indicated through diacritics or modification of the shape of the consonant.