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This site is for those who are curious about the roots of written language as well as for those who are data-driven.

Bethany Brown discusses "False Dichotomies"


Why Did Humans Start Writing?

What were the first things that humans wrote?

By studying written forms across many languages, could we learn more about who we are as humans?

Could we learn more about the balance of power between females and males?

Could we even learn an unknown language faster?

Origin of Alphabet

The alphabet is a hierarchy of human survival strategies. The links below provide data supporting this hypothesis, as well as presenting new ways of framing existing myths and stories. Female mammals are a fundamental component of writing in all literate cultures. Recognizing this allows one to discern pattern faster, facilitating the learning of language.

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Fig. 2 We don't recognize the alphabet's Times Roman capital “B” as related to "mother," but four other cultures do. The Chinese character for “milk” has the "female" radical on the left, and a “B”-shape on right. The Chinese character for “pregnant” has a “B” shape with the word for "child" emerging from its bottom. The Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for “milk,” rotated 90° clockwise to facilitate comparison was pronounced /irtt/ or "to make TT" which sounds a lot like "tit" or "teat." The Thai character for “mother” has two lower case "b's," which resemble the word "boobs" as well as the actual appendages. The last character is Sumerian for "child," one who sucks milk from her mother. All of these words have both “B” shapes and meanings that relate to "mother." The breast imagery has been highlighted in blue.

Breasts, Vaginas, and Tools: Musings on the roots of our alphabet

By Jennifer Ball

If you want to describe something to someone, but neither of you speak the same language, drawing a picture is the simplest way to get…

Letter A: From Hawk to Ox

By Jennifer Ball

The oldest Egyptian hieroglyphs to have been discovered were inscribed around 3200 BC, fully formed, with no clear antecedent. This is more than 5,000 years…

“Meow” is just another name for “cat”

By Jennifer Ball

Jennifer Ball Soochow University, Suzhou, China Email: How to cite this paper: Ball, J. (2019). “Meow” Is Just Another Name for “Cat”. Open Journal…