The Consequences of Literacy

  title={The Consequences of Literacy},
  author={Jack Goody and Ian P. Watt},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={304 - 345}
The accepted tripartite divisions of the formal study both of mankind's past and present are to a considerable extent based on man's development first of language and later of writing. Looked at in the perspective of time, man's biological evolution shades into prehistory when he becomes a language-using animal; add writing, and history proper begins. Looked at in a temporal perspective, man as animal is studied primarily by the zoologist, man as talking animal primarily by the anthropologist… 
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