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Havelock, Eric A. – 1976
The four essays in this book are concerned with the cultural consequences of literacy in that they demonstrate that some forms of competence, highly valued in society, developed in large part as an unintended consequence of the Greek alphabetic writing system. The first essay, entitled "Spoken Sound and Inscribed Sign," discusses the preliteracy…
Descriptors: Alphabets, Classical Languages, Cultural Influences, Cultural Interrelationships
Havelock, Eric A. – 1981
The development of literacy is traced in this paper to promote the thesis that dependence on literacy education naturally leads to two competing cultures, one oral and one literate. Events in the development of the Greek alphabet are traced to advance the argument, and the differences between cultures dependent on Greek and non-Greek writing…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Diachronic Linguistics
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Havelock, Eric A. – Written Communication, 1986
Argues that the educational system should encourage "down to earth" language by including oral recitation in the curricula, particularly recitation of popular poetry with accompaniment. Using the shuttle disaster as a striking example, claims that the modern media overuses conceptual language to disguise the hard meaning of what is being…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Enrichment, Higher Education, Information Dissemination
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Havelock, Eric A. – Journal of Communication, 1980
Discusses the Greek contribution to the alphabet and the development of written communication. Contrasts oral and written traditions and the impact of each. (JMF)
Descriptors: Alphabets, Communication (Thought Transfer), Greek Civilization, Greek Literature
Havelock, Eric A., Ed.; Hershbell, Jackson P., Ed. – 1978
Intended for both classicists and nonclassicists, this volume explores the beginnings of literacy in ancient Greece and Rome and examines the effects of written communication on these cultures. The nine articles, written by classical scholars and educators in the field of communication, discuss the following: the superiority of the alphabet over…
Descriptors: Alphabets, Ancient History, Classical Literature, Communication (Thought Transfer)