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date: 23 August 2019

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From a comparative perspective, the early development of writing in Mesoamerica is poorly preserved. In Mesopotamia, more than six thousand tablets attest the first two centuries of the archaic, proto-cuneiform stage of the world's most ancient writing system. In contrast, the first few centuries of Mesoamerican writing, up to about 400 bc , are probably represented by fewer than a dozen texts. This article discusses Formative period scripts, relationships among the scripts, representational principles, spelling grammatical morphemes, and precursors of writing.

Keywords: Mesoamerica, writing, Formative period, scripts, representational principles, spelling grammatical morphemes

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