What are the effects of Somalia not having a writing script until very recently

How does this affect vocabulary on more abstract topics like science and math, how do Somalis convey historical records and complex thoughts??
 
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It makes it very easy for foreigners to write scandalous false stuff when you don't record your own history.
Somalis didn't really face this too much like other africans, but writing is great to stir nationalism
You kinda need writing for cultural development like in philosophy and science, future generations will read past writings and add on their own findings.
 

Apollo

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They used various versions of the Arabic script before the Latin one. Moreover, even in ancient societies with scripts before the 1700s the vast majority couldn't read or write. Mass literacy is only a thing of the 20th century and beyond.

PS. This sounds like a suspect question only an Ethiopian Habesha would ask to lowkey boast. Are you an Ethiopian? @AbdullahHussein
 
They used various versions of the Arabic script before the Latin one. Moreover, even in ancient societies with scripts before the 1700s the vast majority couldn't read or write. Mass literacy is only a thing of the 20th century and beyond.

PS. This sounds like a suspect question only an Ethiopian Habesha would ask to lowkey boast. Are you an Ethiopian? @AbdullahHussein
mass illiteracy =/= negate the limitations oral langauge puts on society also stated full lineage in a thread couple days ago lol
 
They used various versions of the Arabic script before the Latin one. Moreover, even in ancient societies with scripts before the 1700s the vast majority couldn't read or write. Mass literacy is only a thing of the 20th century and beyond.

PS. This sounds like a suspect question only an Ethiopian Habesha would ask to lowkey boast. Are you an Ethiopian? @AbdullahHussein
also I know wadaad but I never see actual things written in it except that one stone tablet and letter
 
Paper records were destroyed. Moreover, in every society with scripts the majority of people did not read or write before 1900.
In some European societies and in Colonial U.S. they reached mass literacy in the 1730s or before, but I wouldn't be surprised if European historians are just whitewashing it for nationalist purposes.
Their definition is being able to write your name on documents, so doubt most could read.

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Apollo

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@Tambien

The non-industrialized world.

The West is an outlier between 1600s-1800s. They were even far ahead of China at that time.
 
look into issa sumado, reer issa kept it alive in sitti, for traditional purposes, if in the future somalis do archeologic digs , this will be syntax used in ancient tablets or scripts
 

Periplus

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The idea that Somali didn’t have a script until 1972 is a lie.

The wadaad script was used for centuries but the majority of Somalis were illiterate and relied on oral communication.

However, in the aftermath of independence, Somalia decided that now that mass education can be achieved in the Somali language, which writing script should we use.

The Latin script was chosen over the Somalised Arabic script because every educated Somali at the time was schooled in Italian or English, thus a familiar adjustment.
 
The idea that Somali didn’t have a script until 1972 is a lie.

The wadaad script was used for centuries but the majority of Somalis were illiterate and relied on oral communication.

However, in the aftermath of independence, Somalia decided that now that mass education can be achieved in the Somali language, which writing script should we use.

The Latin script was chosen over the Somalised Arabic script because every educated Somali at the time was schooled in Italian or English, thus a familiar adjustment.

Have you found excerpts of anything written with wadaad? I searched a lot but I could barely find anything, I assume it was because most sheikhs who were literate just wrote in plain arabic as a lot migrated to middle eastern countries to study like Egypt.
 

reer

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The idea that Somali didn’t have a script until 1972 is a lie.

The wadaad script was used for centuries but the majority of Somalis were illiterate and relied on oral communication.

However, in the aftermath of independence, Somalia decided that now that mass education can be achieved in the Somali language, which writing script should we use.

The Latin script was chosen over the Somalised Arabic script because every educated Somali at the time was schooled in Italian or English, thus a familiar adjustment.
also the typewriters were in italian and english. english and italian typewriters dont have ëäö so we use eeaaoo double letters instead.
 

Pwyneth Galtrow

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The Osmaniya Script also called 'Far Soomaali' was used from 1920, until the Kacaan Government decided to use the Latin Script. A lot of literature was produced at the time, not sure where it is stored, if at all.
 
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