From Orality to Literacy to Transliteracy

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What is Transliteracy?

Hieroglyphics on pinkish stone appeared very early in humanity's journey toward Transliteracy“Transliteracy” is a term increasingly used by new media communicators. The concept was originally developed by Prof. Sue Thomas and colleagues at De Montfort University.

Those original practitioners have gone on to various bigger and better things in their transliteracy journeys and the site is no longer maintained, but still hosts their definition:

Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.

The statement reflects awareness of the rich heritage of human communication via sound, symbol and sign, and a desire to retain the gifts of older forms of communication even as we delight in new ones.
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