The oldest forms of human communication

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Some of the oldest forms of human communication include talking or making sounds, drawing or painting, dancing, acting, and using symbols.

From sounds and symbols to written communication and language

Making sounds such as grunting or guttural sounds at a low pitch or high pitch would indicate either social communication or be a warning sign. Body language was also used as communication at this time.  Later written communication came about when humans realised the need to record their daily life activities. Further down the line this progressed to meeting the needs of bartering and exchanging of goods. The ancient Egyptians were amongst the first people to use symbols as a form of written communication which later developed into the alphabet system that we know today. 

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Last updated : 12-Apr-2016

This article was produced for South African History Online on 13-Oct-2011