Ever wonder why we write letters instead of symbols or hieroglyphs? The origins and history of writing is something that interests me greatly. I wouldn't mind being an architectural linguist at some point in my life, but that's not the point of this post.
The first link below leads to a brief history of writing, starting from the mythology of history, then moving into more of the industrialized world where the prominent though was that English was the most superior language. The last portion is more of a modern take on how we view languages.
The second link is a link to a Metropolitan Museum of Art article of the history of writing; where and when it was first produced in the world. The city of Uruk, in Mesopotemia was called "the first city in the world", as this city grew larger, the need to record grew as well. So the people used clay tablets to record what they needed, and writing seems to have spread from there. The rest of the article chronicles more recent discoveries and other parts of the world where writing was discovered.