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Re: Hypothical language amongst the more brainier dinosaurs
On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 3:54 PM, Richard W. Travsky wrote:
On Thu, 27 Oct 2011 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If brainy dinosaurs such as Troodon evolved into a highly intelligent
creature, isn't it possible that along with tool making, some form of
written language could have developed?
If so, what kind of writing do you see having developed?
One idea I had would be a form of symbolic writing by means of
scratch marks left on soil [temporary], plant material [longer
lasting], rock [semi-permanent], utilizing the 3 claws on both hands.
A combination of vertical and angles slashes, producing 1, 2, or 3
lines, either alone or mixed, representing an idea, warning, or
||| |\ \\ / | /// etc.
I've seen some birds scratch-out marks in the soil with their feet
[just one foot used] that didn't look like just random scratching or
acquiring food. Some of the other birds would look at the marks made
with some interest.
Dinotopia beat you to it.
Dinotopian dinosaurs used a simple replacement of Footprints [creating
letters and punctuation] in place of the human English alphabet. The
requirements to 'write' is complex 'dancing-like' moves.
I would think that simple hand slashing or foot scratching/raking would
produce enough simple symbols that could convey a lot of different words
I do not see the development of sentence syntax or words, but multiple
symbols could produce compound words, or more complex ideas.