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_ Egyptian hieroglyphs _ 32 c. BCE

* _ Hieratic _ 32 c. BCE

* _Demotic _ 7 c. BCE

* _Meroitic _ 3 c. BCE

* _ Proto-Sinaitic _ 19 c. BCE

* _Ugaritic _ 15 c. BCE

* _Epigraphic South Arabian _ 9 c. BCE

* Ge’ez 5–6 c. BCE

* _Phoenician_ 12 c. BCE

* _ Paleo-Hebrew _ 10 c. BCE

* Samaritan 6 c. BCE

* _ Libyco-Berber 3 c. BCE_

* Tifinagh

* _Paleohispanic _ (semi-syllabic) 7 c. BCE

* Aramaic 8 c. BCE

* _ Kharoṣṭhī _ 4 c. BCE

* _Brāhmī _ 4 c. BCE

* Brahmic family _(see)_

* E.g. Tibetan 7 c. CE

* Hangul (core letters only) 1443

* Devanagari 13 c. CE

* Canadian syllabics 1840

* Hebrew 3 c. BCE

* _Pahlavi _ 3 c. BCE

* _Avestan _ 4 c. CE

* _Palmyrene _ 2 c. BCE

* Syriac 2 c. BCE

* _Nabataean _ 2 c. BCE

* Arabic 4 c. CE

* N\'Ko 1949 CE

* _Sogdian _ 2 c. BCE

* _Orkhon (old Turkic)_ 6 c. CE

* _Old Hungarian _ c. 650 CE

* _Old Uyghur _

* Mongolian 1204 CE

* Mandaic 2 c. CE

* Greek 8 c. BCE

* _Etruscan _ 8 c. BCE

* Latin 7 c. BCE

* Cherokee (syllabary; letter forms only) c. 1820 CE

* _Runic _ 2 c. CE * _ Ogham _ (origin uncertain) 4 c. CE

* _Coptic _ 3 c. CE * _Gothic _ 3 c. CE * Armenian 405 CE * Georgian (origin uncertain) c. 430 CE * _ Glagolitic _ 862 CE

* Cyrillic c. 940 CE

* _Old Permic _ 1372 CE

Thaana 18 c. CE (derived from Brahmi numerals )

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The PHOENICIAN ALPHABET, called by convention the PROTO-CANAANITE ALPHABET for inscriptions older than around 1050 BC, is the oldest verified alphabet . The Phoenician alphabet is an abjad consisting of 22 letters, all consonants , with _matres lectionis _ used for some vowels in certain late varieties. It was used for the writing of Phoenician , a Northern Semitic language, used by the civilization of Phoenicia .

The Phoenician alphabet is derived from Egyptian hieroglyphs . It became one of the most widely used writing systems , spread by Phoenician merchants across the Mediterranean world, where it evolved and was assimilated by many other cultures. The Paleo-Hebrew alphabet is a local variant of the Phoenician alphabetical script. Another derivative script is the Aramaic alphabet , which was the ancestor of the modern Arabic script. The Modern Hebrew script is a stylistic variant of the Aramaic script. The Greek alphabet (and by extension its descendants, such as Latin , Cyrillic , Runic , and Coptic ) was also derived from Phoenician.

As the letters were originally incised with a stylus , most of the shapes are angular and straight, although more cursive versions are increasingly attested in later times, culminating in the Neo-Punic alphabet of Roman-era North Africa. Phoenician was usually written from right to left, although there are some texts written in boustrophedon .

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Origin * 1.2 Spread of the alphabet and its social effects * 1.3 Modern rediscovery

* 2 Development of the alphabet

* 3 Letter names

* 3.1 Alternative theories

* 4 Numerals

* 5 Unicode

* 5.1 Block * 5.2 History

* 6 Derived alphabets

* 6.1 Middle Eastern descendants * 6.2 Derived European scripts * 6.3 Brahmic scripts

* 7 Surviving examples * 8 See also * 9 Notes * 10 References * 11 External links

HISTORY

Further information: Abjad

ORIGIN

Further information: Proto-Sinaitic script and Proto-Canaanite script

The earliest known alphabetic (or "proto-alphabetic") inscriptions are the so-called Proto-Sinaitic (or Proto-Canaanite) script sporadically attested in the Sinai and in Canaan in the late Middle and Late Bronze Age . The script was not widely used until the rise of new Semitic kingdoms in the 13th and 12th centuries BC.

The Phoenician alphabet is a direct continuation of the "Proto-Canaanite" script of the Bronze Age collapse period. The so-called Ahiram epitaph , engraved on the sarcophagus of king Ahiram from about 1200 BC, one of five known Byblian royal inscriptions , shows essentially the fully developed Phoenician script, although the name "Phoenician" is by convention given to inscriptions beginning in the mid 11th century BC.

SPREAD OF THE ALPHABET AND ITS SOCIAL EFFECTS

Further information: History of the alphabet

Beginning in the 9th century BC, adaptations of the Phoenician alphabet -- such as Greek , Old Italic , Anatolian , and the Paleohispanic scripts -- were very successful. The alphabet's success was due in part to its phonetic nature; Phoenician was the first widely used script in which one sound was represented by one symbol, which meant that there were only a few dozen symbols to learn. This simple system contrasted with the other scripts in use at the time, such as cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphs , which employed many complex characters and were difficult to learn.

Another reason for its success was the maritime trading culture of Phoenician merchants, which spread the use of the alphabet into parts of North Africa and Europe . Phoenician inscriptions have been found in archaeological sites at a number of former Phoenician cities and colonies around the Mediterranean, such as Byblos (in present-day Lebanon ) and Carthage in North Africa . Later finds indicate earlier use in Egypt .

Phoenician had long-term effects on the social structures of the civilizations that came in contact with it. As mentioned above, the script was the first widespread phonetic script . Its simplicity not only allowed it to be used in multiple languages, but it also allowed the common people to learn how to write. This upset the long-standing status of writing systems only being learned and employed by members of the royal and religious hierarchies of society, who used writing as an instrument of power to control access to information by the larger population. The appearance of Phoenician disintegrated many of these class divisions , although many Middle Eastern kingdoms, such as Assyria , Babylonia and Adiabene , would continue to use cuneiform for legal and liturgical matters well into the Common Era .

MODERN REDISCOVERY

The Phoenician alphabet was first uncovered in the 17th century, but up to the 19th century its origin was unknown. It was at first believed that the script was a direct variation of Egyptian hieroglyphs . This idea was especially popular due to the recent decipherment of hieroglyphs. However, scholars could not find any link between the two writing systems, nor to hieratic or cuneiform . The theories of independent creation ranged from the idea of a single man conceiving it, to the Hyksos people forming it from corrupt Egyptian . This latter notion is reminiscent of the eventual discovery that the proto-Sinatic alphabet was inspired by the model of hieroglyphs.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE ALPHABET

The Phoenician letter forms shown here are idealized—actual Phoenician writing was cruder and more variable in appearance. There were also significant variations in Phoenician letter forms by era and region.

When alphabetic writing began in Greece , the letter forms used were similar but not identical to the Phoenician ones and vowels were added, because the Phoenician alphabet did not contain any vowels. There were also distinct variants of the writing system in different parts of Greece, primarily in how those Phoenician characters that did not have an exact match to Greek sounds were employed. The Ionic variant evolved into the standard Greek alphabet, and the Cumae variant into the Latin alphabet , which accounts for many of the differences between the two. Occasionally, Phoenician used a short stroke or dot symbol as a word separator.

The chart shows the _graphical_ evolution of Phoenician letter forms into other alphabets. The sound values often changed significantly, both during the initial creation of new alphabets, and due to pronunciation changes of languages using the alphabets over time.

LETTER UNI. NAME MEANING PHONEME ORIGIN CORRESPONDING LETTER IN

HEBREW SYRIAC ARABIC SOUTH ARABIC GE\\'EZ GREEK LATIN CYRILLIC

𐤀 ʾālep ox (also measuring tool dividers) ʾ 𓃾 א ܐ ﺍ 𐩱 አ Α α Aa А а

𐤁 bēt house b 𓉐 ב ܒ ﺏ 𐩨 በ Ββ Bb Б б, В в

𐤂 gīml throwing stick/camel g

ג ܓ ﺝ 𐩴 ገ Γ γ Cc , Gg Г г, Ґ ґ

𐤃 dālet door d 𓇯 ד ܕ د , ذ 𐩵 ደ Δ δ Dd Д д

𐤄 hē window h 𓀠 ה ܗ ه 𐩠 ሀ Ε ε Ee Е е, Є є, Э э

𐤅 wāw hook w

ו ܘ ﻭ 𐩥 ወ ( Ϝ ϝ), Υ υ Ff , Uu , Vv , Yy , Ww ( Ѵ ѵ), У у, Ў ў

𐤆 zayin weapon z

ז ܙ ﺯ 𐩹 ዘ Ζ ζ Zz З з

𐤇 ḥēt wall, courtyard ḥ 𓉗 ח ܚ ح , خ 𐩢 , 𐩭 ሐ , ኀ Η η Hh И и, Й й

𐤈 ṭēt wheel/good ṭ 𓄤 ט ܛ ط , ظ 𐩷 ጠ Θ θ — ( Ѳ ѳ)

𐤉 yōd hand y 𓂝 י ܝ ي 𐩺 የ Ι ι Ii , Jj , Yy І і, Ї ї, Ј ј

𐤊 kāp palm (of a hand) k 𓂧 כך ܟ ﻙ 𐩫 ከ Κ κ Kk К к

𐤋 lāmed goad l 𓌅 ל ܠ ﻝ 𐩡 ለ Λ λ Ll Л л

𐤌 mēm water m 𓈖 מם ܡ ﻡ 𐩣 መ Μ μ Mm М м

𐤍 nūn serpent n 𓆓 נן ܢ ﻥ 𐩬 ነ Ν ν Nn Н н

𐤎 sāmek fish, djed s 𓊽 ס ܣ , ܤ — 𐩪 ሰ Ξ ξ, poss. Χ χ poss. Xx ( Ѯ ѯ), poss. Х х

𐤏 ʿayin eye ʿ 𓁹 ע ܥ ع , غ 𐩲 ዐ Ο ο, Ω ω Oo О о

𐤐 pē mouth p 𓂋 פף ܦ ف 𐩰 ፈ Π π Pp П п

𐤑 ṣādē hunt/papyrus ṣ

צץ ܨ ص , ض 𐩮 ጸ , ጰ, ፀ ( Ϻ ϻ) — Ц ц, Ч ч, Џ џ

𐤒 qōp needle eye q 𓃻 ק ܩ ﻕ 𐩤 ቀ ( Ϙ ϙ), poss. Φ φ, Ψ ψ Qq ( Ҁ ҁ)

𐤓 rēš head r 𓁶 ר ܪ ﺭ 𐩧 ረ Ρ ρ Rr Р р

𐤔 šīn tooth š 𓌓 ש ܫ ش , س 𐩦 ሠ Σ σς Ss С с, Ш ш, Щ щ

𐤕 tāw mark t

ת ܬ ت , ث 𐩩 ተ , ፐ (?) Τ τ Tt Т т

LABIAL ALVEOLAR PALATAL VELAR UVULAR PHARYNGEAL GLOTTAL

PLAIN EMPHATIC

NASAL m n

STOP VOICELESS p t tˤ

k q

ʔ

VOICED b d

ɡ

FRICATIVE VOICELESS

s sˤ ʃ

ħ h

VOICED

z

ʕ

TRILL

r

APPROXIMANT

l

j w

LETTER NAMES

Phoenician used a system of acrophony to name letters. The names of the letters are essentially the same as in its parental scripts, which are in turn derived from the word values of the original hieroglyph for each letter. The original word was translated from Egyptian into its equivalent form in the Semitic language, and then the initial sound of the translated word became the letter's value.

ALTERNATIVE THEORIES

According to a 1904 theory by Theodor Nöldeke , some of the letter names were changed in Phoenician from the Proto-Canaanite script. This includes:

* _gaml_ "throwing stick" to _gimel_ "camel" * _digg_ "fish" to _dalet_ "door" * _hll_ "jubilation" to _he_ "window" * _ziqq_ "manacle" to _zayin_ "weapon" * _naḥš_ "snake" to _nun_ "fish" * _piʾt_ "corner" to _pe_ "mouth" * _šimš_ "sun" to _šin_ "tooth"

Other researchers, such as Prof. Yigael Yadin , went to great lengths to prove that they actually were tools of war, similar to the original drawings. Prof. Aron Demsky from Bar Ilan University showed that there were sequences of letters with close meanings, proving the correct reading of the drawings. In later research, it was postulated that the alphabet is actually two complete lists, the first dealing with land agriculture and activity, and the second dealing with water, sea and fishing.

NUMERALS

The Phoenician numeral system consisted of separate symbols for 1, 10, 20, and 100. The sign for 1 was a simple vertical stroke (𐤖). Other numbers up to 9 were formed by adding the appropriate number of such strokes, arranged in groups of three. The symbol for 10 was a horizontal line or tack (𐤗). The sign for 20 (𐤘) could come in different glyph variants, one of them being a combination of two 10-tacks, approximately Z-shaped. Larger multiples of ten were formed by grouping the appropriate number of 20s and 10s. There existed several glyph variants for 100 (𐤙). The 100 symbol could be combined with a preceding numeral in a multiplicatory way, e.g. the combination of "4" and "100" yielded 400. Their system did not contain a numeral zero .

UNICODE

PHOENICIAN

RANGE U+10900..U+1091F (32 code points)

PLANE SMP

SCRIPTS Phoenician

ASSIGNED 29 code points

UNUSED 3 reserved code points

UNICODE VERSION HISTORY

5.0 27 (+27)

5.2 29 (+2)

NOTE:

The Phoenician alphabet was added to the Unicode Standard in July 2006 with the release of version 5.0. An alternative proposal to handle it as a font variation of Hebrew was turned down. (See PDF summary.)

The Unicode block for Phoenician is U+10900–U+1091F. It is intended for the representation of text in Palaeo-Hebrew, Archaic Phoenician, Phoenician , Early Aramaic, Late Phoenician cursive, Phoenician papyri, Siloam Hebrew, Hebrew seals, Ammonite , Moabite , and Punic .

The letters are encoded U+10900 𐤀 _aleph_ through to U+10915 𐤕 _taw_, U+10916 𐤖, U+10917 𐤗, U+10918 𐤘 and U+10919 𐤙 encode the numerals 1, 10, 20 and 100 respectively and U+1091F 𐤟 is the word separator.

BLOCK

PHOENICIAN Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F

U+1090x 𐤀 𐤁 𐤂 𐤃 𐤄 𐤅 𐤆 𐤇 𐤈 𐤉 𐤊 𐤋 𐤌 𐤍 𐤎 𐤏

U+1091x 𐤐 𐤑 𐤒 𐤓 𐤔 𐤕 𐤖 𐤗 𐤘 𐤙 𐤚 𐤛

𐤟

NOTES 1.^ As of Unicode version 10.0 2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points

HISTORY

The following Unicode-related documents record the purpose and process of defining specific characters in the Phoenician block:

VERSION FINAL CODE POINTS COUNT L2 ID WG2 ID DOCUMENT

5.0 U+10900..10919, 1091F 27

N1579 Everson, Michael (1997-05-27), _Proposal for encoding the Phoenician script_

L2/99-013 N1932 Everson, Michael (1998-11-23), _Revised proposal for encoding the Phoenician script in the UCS_

L2/99-224 N2097, N2025-2 Röllig, W. (1999-07-23), _Comments on proposals for the Universal Multiple-Octed Coded Character Set_

N2133 _Response to comments on the question of encoding Old Semitic scripts in the UCS (N2097)_, 1999-10-04

L2/04-149

Kass, James; Anderson, Deborah W.; Snyder, Dean; Lehmann, Reinhard G.; Cowie, Paul James; Kirk, Peter; Cowan, John ; Khalaf, S. George; Richmond, Bob (2004-05-25), _Miscellaneous Input on Phoenician Encoding Proposal_

L2/04-141R2 N2746R2 Everson, Michael (2004-05-29), _Final proposal for encoding the Phoenician script in the UCS_

L2/04-177

Anderson, Deborah (2004-05-31), _Expert Feedback on Phoenician_

L2/04-178 N2772 Anderson, Deborah (2004-06-04), _Additional Support for Phoenician_

L2/04-181

Keown, Elaine (2004-06-04), _REBUTTAL to “Final proposal for encoding the Phoenician script in the UCS”_

L2/04-190 N2787 Everson, Michael (2004-06-06), _Additional examples of the Phoenician script in use_

L2/04-187

McGowan, Rick (2004-06-07), _Phoenician Recommendation_

L2/04-206 N2793 Kirk, Peter (2004-06-07), _Response to the revised "Final proposal for encoding the Phoenician script" (L2/04-141R2)_

L2/04-213

Rosenne, Jony (2004-06-07), _Responses to Several Hebrew Related Items_

L2/04-217R

Keown, Elaine (2004-06-07), _Proposal to add Archaic Mediterranean Script block to ISO 10646_

L2/04-226

Durusau, Patrick (2004-06-07), _Statement of the Society of Biblical Literature on WG2 N2746R2_

L2/04-218 N2792 Snyder, Dean (2004-06-08), _Response to the Proposal to Encode Phoenician in Unicode_

L2/05-009 N2909 Anderson, Deborah (2005-01-19), _Letters in support of Phoenician_

5.2 U+1091A..1091B 2 L2/07-206 N3284 Everson, Michael (2007-07-25), _Proposal to add two numbers for the Phoenician script_

* ^ Proposed code points and characters names may differ from final code points and names

DERIVED ALPHABETS

Each letter of Phoenician gave way to a new form in its daughter scripts. Left to right: Latin, Greek, Phoenician, Hebrew, Arabic

MIDDLE EASTERN DESCENDANTS

See also: Languages currently written with the Arabic alphabet

The Paleo-Hebrew alphabet , used to write early Hebrew , was a regional offshoot of Phoenician; it is nearly identical to the Phoenician one (in many early writings it is impossible to distinguish between the two). The Samaritan alphabet , used by the Samaritans , is a direct descendant of the Paleo-Hebrew alphabet. The current Hebrew alphabet is a stylized form of the Aramaic alphabet , itself a descendant of the Phoenician script.

The Aramaic alphabet, used to write Aramaic , is another descendant of Phoenician. Aramaic being the _lingua franca _ of the Middle East, was widely adopted. It later split off (due to power/political borders) into a number of related alphabets, including Hebrew , Syriac , and Nabataean , the latter of which in, its cursive form, became an ancestor of the Arabic alphabet that is currently used in Arabic-speaking countries from North Africa through the Levant to Iraq and the Persian Gulf region, as well as in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries.

The Sogdian alphabet , a descendant of Phoenician via Syriac, is an ancestor of the Old Uyghur , which in turn is an ancestor of the Mongolian and Manchu alphabets, the former of which is still in use and the latter of which survives as the Xibe script.

The Arabic script is a descendant of Phoenician via Aramaic.

The Coptic alphabet , still used in Egypt for writing the Christian liturgical language Coptic (descended from Ancient Egyptian), is mostly based on the Greek alphabet, but with a few additional letters for sounds not in Greek at the time. Those additional letters are based on Demotic script.

DERIVED EUROPEAN SCRIPTS

According to Herodotus , the Phoenician prince Cadmus was accredited with the introduction of the Phoenician alphabet—_phoinikeia grammata_, "Phoenician letters"—to the Greeks, who adapted it to form their Greek alphabet , which was later introduced to the rest of Europe . Herodotus, who gives this account, estimates that Cadmus lived sixteen hundred years before his time, or around 2000 BC. However, Herodotus' writings are not used as a standard source by contemporary historians. The Greek alphabet is derived from the Phoenician alphabet. The phonology of Greek being different from that of Phoenician, the Greeks modified the Phoenician script to better suit their language. It was possibly more important in Greek to write out vowel sounds: Phoenician being a Semitic language, words were based on consonantal roots that permitted extensive removal of vowels without loss of meaning, a feature absent in the Indo-European Greek. (Or perhaps, the Phoenicians were simply following the lead of the Egyptians, who never wrote vowels. After all, Akkadian cuneiform , which wrote a related Semitic language, always indicated vowels.) In any case, the Greeks adapted the signs of the Phoenician consonants not present in Greek; each such name was shorn of its leading sound, and the sign took the value of the now leading vowel. For example, _ʾāleph_ , which designated a glottal stop in Phoenician, was re-purposed to represent the vowel /a/; _he_ became /e/, _ḥet_ became /eː/ (a long vowel), _ʿayin_ became /o/ (because the pharyngeality altered the following vowel), while the two semi-consonants _wau_ and _yod_ became the corresponding high vowels, /u/ and /i/. (Some dialects of Greek, which did possess /h/ and /w/, continued to use the Phoenician letters for those consonants as well.)

The Cyrillic script was derived from the Greek alphabet . Some Cyrillic letters (generally for sounds not in Mediaeval Greek) are based on Glagolitic forms, which in turn were influenced by the Hebrew or even Coptic alphabets.

The Latin alphabet was derived from Old Italic (originally a form of the Greek alphabet), used for Etruscan and other languages. The origin of the Runic alphabet is disputed, and the main theories are that it evolved either from the Latin alphabet itself, some early Old Italic alphabet via the Alpine scripts or the Greek alphabet. Despite this debate, the Runic alphabet is clearly derived from one or more scripts that ultimately trace their roots back to the Phoenician alphabet.

BRAHMIC SCRIPTS

See also: Aramaic hypothesis

Many Western scholars believe that the Brahmi script of India and the subsequent Indic alphabets are also derived from the Aramaic script, which would make Phoenician the ancestor of virtually every alphabetic writing system in use today.

However, due to an indigenous-origin hypothesis of Brahmic scripts, no definitive scholarly consensus exists.

SURVIVING EXAMPLES

* Ahiram sarcophagus * Bodashtart * Çineköy inscription * Cippi of Melqart * Eshmunazar * Karatepe * Kilamuwa Stela * Nora Stone * Pyrgi Tablets * Temple of Eshmun

SEE ALSO

* Arabic alphabet * Aramaic alphabet * Armenian alphabet * Avestan alphabet * Hebrew alphabet * Greek alphabet * Old Turkic script * Paleo-Hebrew alphabet * Tanakh at Qumran * Tifinagh * Ugaritic alphabet

NOTES

* ^ Earliest attestation in the Bronze Age collapse period, classical form from about 1050 BC; gradually died out during the Hellenistic period as its evolved forms replaced it; obsolete with the destruction of Carthage in 149 BC. * ^ Himelfarb, Elizabeth J. "First Alphabet Found in Egypt", Archaeology 53, Issue 1 (Jan./Feb. 2000): 21. * ^ Fischer, Steven Roger (2004). _A history of writing_. Reaktion Books. p. 90. * ^ Michael C. Howard (2012). Transnationalism in Ancient and Medieval Societies. P. 23. * ^ Reinhard G. Kratz (11 November 2015). _Historical and Biblical Israel: The History, Tradition, and Archives of Israel and Judah_. OUP Oxford. p. 64. ISBN 978-0-19-104448-9 . scribes wrote in Paleo-Hebrew, a local variant of the Phoenician alphabetic script * ^ Coulmas (1989) p. 141. * ^ Markoe (2000) p. 111 * ^ Hock and Joseph (1996) p. 85. * ^ Daniels (1996) p. 94-95. * ^ "Discovery of Egyptian Inscriptions Indicates an Earlier Date for Origin of the Alphabet". Retrieved 20 April 2017. * ^ Fischer (2003) p. 68-69. * ^ Jensen (1969) p. 256. * ^ Jensen (1969) p. 256-258. * ^ http://unicode.org/charts/PDF/U10900.pdf * ^ after Fischer, Steven R. (2001). _A History of Writing_. London: Reaction Books. p. 126. * ^ Jensen (1969) p. 262. * ^ Jensen (1969) p. 262-263. * ^ Yigael Yadin, _The Art of Warfare in Biblical Lands_. McGraw-Hill, 1963. The Samech - a quick war ladder, later to become the '$' dollar sign drawing the three internal lines quickly. The 'Z' shaped Zayin - an ancient boomerang used for hunting. The 'H' shaped Het - mammoth tuffs. * ^ Yod=arm or handle, Kaf=Hand, paw or shovel, Mem=water, Nun=fish * ^ The first half beginning with Alef - an ox, and ending with Lamed - a whip. The second list begins with Mem - water, and continues with Nun - fish, Samek - fish bones, Ayin - a water spring, Peh - the mouth of a well, Tsadi - to fish, Kof, Resh and Shin are the hook hole, hook head and hook teeth, known to exist from prehistoric times, and the Tav is the mark used to count the fish caught. * ^ "Why Are the Letters in ABC Order?". 17 October 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2017. * ^ "Phoenician numerals in Unicode],

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Types of writing systems

OVERVIEW

* History of writing * Grapheme

LISTS

* Writing systems

* undeciphered * inventors * constructed

* Languages by writing system / by first written accounts

TYPES

ABJADS

* _Numerals _

* Aramaic

* Hatran

* Arabic * Pitman shorthand

* Hebrew

* Ashuri * Cursive * Rashi * Solitreo

* Libyco-Berber * Manichaean * Nabataean * Old North Arabian * Pahlavi * Pegon

* Phoenician

* Paleo-Hebrew

* Proto-Sinaitic * Psalter * Punic * Samaritan

* South Arabian

* Zabur * Musnad

* Sogdian

* Syriac

* ʾEsṭrangēlā * Serṭā * Maḏnḥāyā

* Teeline Shorthand * Ugaritic

ABUGIDAS

BRAHMIC

NORTHERN

* Asamiya (Ôxômiya) * Bānglā * Bhaikshuki * Bhujinmol * Brāhmī * Devanāgarī * Dogra * Gujarati * Gupta * Gurmukhī * Kaithi * Kalinga * Khojki * Khotanese * Khudawadi * Laṇḍā * Lepcha * Limbu * Mahajani * Marchen * Marchung * Meitei Mayek * Modi * Multani * Nāgarī * Nandinagari * Odia * \'Phags-pa * Newar * Pungs-chen * Pungs-chung * Ranjana * Sharada * Saurashtra * Siddhaṃ * Soyombo * Sylheti Nagari * Takri

* Tibetan

* Uchen * Umê

* Tirhuta * Tocharian * Zanabazar Square

SOUTHERN

* Ahom * Balinese * Batak * Baybayin * Bhattiprolu * Buhid * Burmese * Chakma * Cham * Grantha * Goykanadi * Hanunó\'o * Javanese * Kadamba * Kannada * Kawi * Khmer * Kulitan * Lanna * Lao * Leke * Lontara * Malayalam

* Maldivian

* Dhives Akuru * Eveyla Akuru * Thaana

* Mon * Old Sundanese * Pallava * Pyu * Rejang * Rencong * Sinhala * Sundanese * Tagbanwa * Tai Le * Tai Tham * Tai Viet * Tamil * Telugu * Thai * Tigalari

* Vatteluttu

* Kolezhuthu * Malayanma

* Visayan

OTHERS

* Boyd\'s syllabic shorthand

* Canadian syllabics

* Blackfoot * Déné syllabics

* Fox I * Ge\'ez * Gunjala Gondi * Japanese Braille * Jenticha * Kayah Li * Kharosthi * Mandombe * Masaram Gondi * Meroitic * Miao * Mwangwego * Sorang Sompeng * Pahawh Hmong * Thomas Natural Shorthand

ALPHABETS

LINEAR

* Abkhaz * Adlam * Armenian * Avestan * Avoiuli * Bassa Vah * Borama * Carian * Caucasian Albanian * Coorgi–Cox alphabet * Coptic * Cyrillic * Deseret

* Duployan shorthand

* Chinook writing

* Early Cyrillic * Eclectic shorthand * Elbasan * Etruscan * Evenki * Fox II * Fraser * Gabelsberger shorthand * Garay

* Georgian

* Asomtavruli * Nuskhuri * Mkhedruli

* Glagolitic * Gothic * Gregg shorthand * Greek * Greco-Iberian alphabet * Hangul * IPA * Kaddare

* Latin

* Beneventan * Blackletter * Carolingian minuscule * Fraktur * Gaelic * Insular * Kurrent * Merovingian * Sigla * Sütterlin * Tironian notes * Visigothic

* Luo * Lycian * Lydian * Manchu * Mandaic * Molodtsov * Mongolian * Mru * Neo- Tifinagh * New Tai Lue * N\'Ko * Ogham * Oirat * Ol Chiki * Old Hungarian * Old Italic * Old Permic * Orkhon * Old Uyghur * Osage * Osmanya * Pau Cin Hau * Rohingya Hanifi

* Runic

* Anglo-Saxon * Cipher * Dalecarlian * Elder Futhark * Younger Futhark * Gothic * Marcomannic * Medieval * Staveless

* Sidetic * Shavian * Somali * Tifinagh * Vagindra * Visible Speech * Vithkuqi * Zaghawa

NON-LINEAR

* Braille * Maritime flags * Morse code * New York Point * Semaphore line * Flag semaphore * Moon type

IDEOGRAMS /PICTOGRAMS

* Adinkra * Aztec * Blissymbol * Dongba * Ersu Shaba * Emoji * IConji * Isotype * Kaidā * Míkmaq * Mixtec * New Epoch Notation Painting * Nsibidi * Ojibwe Hieroglyphs * Siglas poveiras * Testerian * Yerkish * Zapotec

LOGOGRAMS

CHINESE FAMILY OF SCRIPTS

CHINESE CHARACTERS

* Simplified * Traditional * Oracle bone script * Bronze Script

* Seal Script

* large * small * bird-worm

* Hanja * Idu * Kanji * Chữ nôm * Zhuang

CHINESE-INFLUENCED

* Jurchen * Khitan large script * Sui * Tangut

CUNEIFORM

* Akkadian * Assyrian * Elamite * Hittite * Luwian * Sumerian

OTHER LOGO-SYLLABIC

* Anatolian * Bagam * Cretan * Isthmian * Maya * Proto-Elamite * Yi (Classical)

LOGO-CONSONANTAL

* Demotic * Hieratic * Hieroglyphs

NUMERALS

* Hindu-Arabic * Abjad * Attic (Greek) * Muisca * Roman

SEMI-SYLLABARIES

FULL

* Celtiberian * Northeastern Iberian * Southeastern Iberian * Khom

REDUNDANT

* Espanca * Pahawh Hmong * Khitan small script * Southwest Paleohispanic * Zhùyīn fúhào

SOMACHEIROGRAMS

* ASLwrite * SignWriting * si5s * Stokoe Notation

SYLLABARIES

* Afaka * Bamum * Bété * Byblos * Cherokee * Cypriot * Cypro-Minoan * Eskayan * Geba * Great Lakes Algonquian syllabics * Iban

* Japanese

* Hiragana * Katakana * Man\'yōgana * Hentaigana * Sogana * Jindai moji

* Kikakui * Kpelle * Linear B * Linear Elamite * Lisu * Loma * Nüshu * Nwagu Aneke script * Old Persian Cuneiform * Vai * Woleai * Yi (Modern) * Yugtun

* v * t * e

Braille ⠃⠗⠁⠊⠇⠇⠑

BRAILLE CELL

* 1829 braille * International uniformity * ASCII braille * Unicode braille patterns

BRAILLE SCRIPTS

French-ordered scripts (see for more)

* Albanian * Amharic * Arabic * Armenian * Azerbaijani * Belarusian

* Bharati

* Devanagari (Hindi / Marathi / Nepali) * Bengali * Punjabi * Sinhalese * Tamil * Urdu * _etc. _

* Bulgarian * Burmese * Cambodian * Cantonese * Catalan * Chinese (Mandarin, mainland) * Czech * Dutch * Dzongkha (Bhutanese) * English (Unified English ) * Esperanto * Estonian * Faroese * French * Georgian * German * Ghanaian * Greek * Guarani * Hawaiian * Hebrew * Hungarian * Icelandic * Inuktitut (reassigned vowels) * Iñupiaq * IPA * Irish * Italian * Kazakh * Kyrgyz * Latvian * Lithuanian * Maltese * Mongolian * Māori * Nigerian * Northern Sami * Persian * Philippine * Polish * Portuguese * Romanian * Russian * Samoan * Scandinavian * Slovak * South African * Spanish * Tatar * Taiwanese Mandarin (largely reassigned) * Thai border-left-width:2px;border-left-style:solid;width:100%;padding:0px">

* Algerian Braille (obsolete)

FREQUENCY-BASED SCRIPTS

* American Braille (obsolete)

INDEPENDENT SCRIPTS

* Japanese * Korean * Two-Cell Chinese

EIGHT-DOT SCRIPTS

* Luxembourgish * Kanji * Gardner–Salinas braille codes (GS8)

SYMBOLS IN BRAILLE

* Braille music * Canadian currency marks * Computer Braille Code * Gardner–Salinas braille codes (GS8/GS6) * International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) * Nemeth braille code

BRAILLE TECHNOLOGY

* Braille e-book * Braille embosser * Braille translator * Braille watch * Mountbatten Brailler * Optical braille recognition * Perforation * Perkins Brailler * Refreshable braille display * Slate and stylus * Braigo

PERSONS

* Louis Braille * Charles Barbier * Valentin Haüy * Thakur Vishva Narain Singh * Sabriye Tenberken * William Bell Wait

ORGANISATIONS

* Braille Institute of America * Braille Without Borders * Japan Braille Library * National Braille Association * Blindness organizations * Schools for the blind * American Printing House for the Blind

OTHER TACTILE ALPHABETS

* Decapoint * Moon type * New York Point * Night writing * Vibratese

RELATED TOPICS

* Accessible publishing * Braille literacy * Robo Braille

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