When Did People Start Using Punctuation?

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The earliest writings, which were syllabic and/or logographic (think Mayan and Chinese), had no need for either spacing or punctuation, as each word was typically self-contained in the symbol.

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http://www.amazon.com/Shady-Characters-Punctuation-Symbols-Typographical/dp/0393349721/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1462173899&sr=8-1&keywords=Shady+Characters%2C+The+Secret+Life+of+Punctuation%2C+Symbols+%26+Other+Typographical+Marks&linkCode=ll1&tag=vicastingcom-20&linkId=16e7a9ce1ce34d00cad291ba63d6ff0d

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-ancient-roots-of-punctuation

http://www.britannica.com/biography/Cicero

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldus_Manutius

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mesha_Stele

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http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/2007/06/punctual-punctuation.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuation#History

https://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~wilkins/writing/Resources/essays/punctuation_hist.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_Griffo

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2016/05/origins-punctuation-marks/#_ftnref1

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