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Who Invented The Alphabet

Who invented the alphabet?

It is true that the form of the alphabet we use, along with most of Europe, is the "Latin" alphabet. But it had nothing at all to do with South America. In fact, the Romans, who first used these specific letters, did NOT invent the system. It actually goes back several stages before them.

It goes like this:
the ancient Romans borrowed from the Etruscans
who borrowed from the Greeks
who borrowed it from Phoenician merchants
who inherited it, along with many other Semitic-language groups in and around Syria-Palestine (including the Hebrews).

The earliest forms of this SEMITIC alphabet go back to almost 2000 B.C. We think that it was first used by Semitic people on the borders of Egypt (in the Sinai Penninsula, perhaps) under the rule and influence of the Egyptians. The best guess may be that they took inspiration from ONE part of the complex Egyptian system (hieroglyhpics) -- specifically, a set of signs developed from writing foreign names.

By the way, the very NAME "alphabet" points to its origins. We get that word from the Greek letters "alpha" and "beta" -- the first two letters of their alphabet. But these names meant NOTHING IN Greek. Rather, the Greeks borrowed many of the letter names from the Phoenicians along with the letters. The first two letters of the Semitic alphabet were "aleph" and "beth", which mean "ox" and "house". The SOUND that these letters represent is the first sound in those words.

Actually, you can pick up many English dictionary and find as the first entry under each letter a history of that letter, its names, etc., and you may also find a chart showing how the ancient Semitic letters gradually changed to the shapes we recognize in the Latin alphabet.

Who invented the Hindi alphabets?

Hindi uses the script called Devanagari for its written version.Devanagari was a descendant of Nagari, belonging to the Gupta period & territory, which itself descended from a script called Brahmi.The famous Ashoka Edicts are inscribed in Brahmi script. Brahmi is the forerunner script for most of the present Indian language scripts.Brahmi is said to be derived from Kharosthi, which in turn has influences from Aramaic. Aramaic traces back its origin to Phoenician scripts, the oldest known script!Thus a single person cannot be credited for the present day Hindi script! However, it is possible that a single person or a group of scholars would have designed the Kharosthi, which eventually led to the present day Devanagari!(Please read Wikipedia or Google if you want to know further about the scripts I mentioned. I'm not an expert in any of them, I can read Devanagari and I know the Tamil-Brahmi, that was parallel to the Ashokan Brahmi! I am more interested in the development of the scripts of my own mother tongue - Tamil!)

Who invented the symbols of the alphabet?

No one knows.One of the oldest scripts still in use is the Hebrew alphabet. The letters are based on simplified drawings. The aleph is based on an ox’s head. The bet is based on a house. The gimel on a camel. Et cetera.Phoenician was another Semitic language. Phoenician writing was adapted to Greek. In turn, the Greek alphabet engendered the Roman alphabet. Whence comes the alphabet we use to write English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese, Welsh, Polish, and Hungarian, among others.But who first invented a phonetic alphabet, where each symbol represents a sound?No one knows. We will probably never know.

Who invented the alphabets, and why were both capital and minuscule letters created? What’s the theory behind alphabets?

Who invented the alphabets, and why were both capital and minuscule letters created? What’s the theory behind alphabet?Alphabets just sort of evolved.The ones we know originated with Egyptian hieroglyphs, which were a mix between ideograms, a syllabary, and an alphabet. That is, each sign either held the meaning of an entire word, a syllable, or even a single sound; it depended on context.A few thousand years down the line, the hieroglyphs had developed into an abjad. That is a script where consonants are written in full, while vowels are usually omitted, or consonant letters are used for long vowels.The Arabic and Hebrew scripts are good representatives..Their ancestor, the Phonecian abjad was imported by the Greeks and they didn’t like the concept, so they made some letters previously representing consonants into representing vowels.And that’s how you get a real alphabet, when vowels are made equal to consonants in the writing system. It worked for the Greeks, and later for the Romans.The word “alphabet” comes from the first two letters of the Greek one: α—alpha, β—beta. Sort of, if you want things to be simple.When it comes to the Latin script specifically: Lower-case letters evolved in the Middle Ages from earlier hand-written forms.It took until the 19th century for them to be proper lower-case letters like we know them today even, before that they were used at the beginning of a line or when you wanted to stress a word, but that was it. No strict rules or anything, just “if it looks good it is good”.

Who invented A, B, C, D...Z?

The Latin Alphabet? It was at the end of a long evolution. It was adopted from the Etruscan alphabet which was adapted from the Cumae alphabet which was a form of the Greek alphabet which was adapted from the Phoenician alphabet (which was actually an abjad at modern Hebrew and Arabic since it had no written vowels) which was one of several west Semitic alphabets originally adapted from Egyptian Hieroglyphics. The W was not created until the medieval period and the I, U, J, V didn't become standardized until the renaissance.