Verna Richardson December 14, 2020 Alphabet Worksheet
The Phoenician alphabet is acrophonic meaning each letter represents the initial sound of the name of the letter. For example, the last letter in the Phoenician is called "taw" or "tah" (meaning mark) and led to our current letter T with the same sound. The Greeks adapted that alphabet in the eighth century BC by adding vowels. The Etruscans borrowed the Greek alphabet which was later adopted by the Romans. These early scripts were most frequently written by pressing or scratching a stylus into a soft clay tablet which was then allowed to harden. By the first century BC, the Romans had developed several scripts. There was a cursive hand which could be quickly scratched into a wax tablet or written with a reed pen on paper made of papyrus. There was also a script called the Imperial Capital which was carved in stone and survives on monuments and buildings from the time. This script was also written using a brush on paper. All subsequent Western scripts have evolved from the Roman letters, in fact the Imperial Capital script serves as the basis for our modern capital letters.
The Chinese still use this kind of writing in syllables. The trouble is that there are so many different syllables, it takes a scholar years to learn them all. In the Chinese language, there are more than fifty thousand and most of these are being used even today. A Chinese student does not master the writing of his language until he is beyond the age at which an American student may have graduated from college-say, twenty-five years old. In comparison with his thousands of characters, the American schoolboy has to learn only twenty-six letters. Therefore the next step in the development of the alphabet was to have a symbol, or letter, for each sound that was used in the language being spoken. There are many more sounds that a human being can use than we have in our alphabet, and the alphabets used for other languages have in them certain letters that we do not need in writing the English language. But also we have some letters that they do not need. No alphabet needs more than thirty or forty letters. A child can master these in a year or two. Writing with letters instead of with pictures is more than five thousand years old. Just as we got our alphabet from the Greeks, they got theirs from the Semitic peoples-the Phoenicians and the Jews and other ancient peoples who spoke Semitic languages.
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An alphabet is a system of using certain marks, which we call "letters," to stand for particular sounds. There are many different alphabets in the world today, and it has taken thousands of years to develop them. The English alphabet of twenty-six letters is also called the "Roman alphabet," because we got it from the ancient Romans, who had gotten it from the Greeks. We call it alphabet because the first two letters of the Greek alphabet were called alpha and beta-in others words, calling it the alphabet then was exactly the same as calling it the ABCs today. The simplest way of putting an idea down on paper is to draw a picture, and that is how men first began to write, six thousand years ago or more. Our alphabet has come to us gradually from picture-writing of this sort. The picture writing from which our alphabet is descended was done in ancient Egypt; it was called hieroglyphic writing. Picture writing was able to express ideas as well as objects.
We can see alphabetic system and Chinese have directional characteristic. Alphabetic systems are dominantly written horizontally while Chinese is traditionally written vertically. Alphabetic sequence is lengthened while Chinese characters are enclosed. That might be due to horizontal-vertical visual span asymmetry. Horizontal lengthening may have led to development into alphabet while enclosing results in complexity. Writing direction and complexity of symbols might be correlated. Lets employ the visions characteristic to explain how symbols grow in horizontal/vertical directions. The best shape of a single symbol might be oval resembling macula. It would have greater width than height. When a sequence of symbols is read and one of the symbols is fixated, the eyes also take in info of symbols adjacent to the fixated symbol. The visions power is thus shared by the several adjoining symbols. If the visual span is larger, the symbols at and around fixation will be more simplified. Hence horizontally arranged symbols can be more simplified.
Remark In the present world, two types of incompatible writing systems exist. One is horizontal alphabetic system. The other is vertical logographic system. Representative for the former is Latin alphabet. Representative for the latter is Chinese system. Horizontality and verticality are responsible for these two types, respectively. Some vertical non-logographic systems, such as Mongolian script and Japanese syllabary, are intermediate systems influenced by these two types. These two types are both fit for reading, for their respective directions. One may think that written Chinese is primitive for it is poor in representing speech sounds. Here we point out that it is an advanced system in top-down direction. With that direction writing would never develop into alphabet on its own. When horizontal writing meets vertical writing, alphabetic system overpowers logographic system because horizontal extension is fitter for our eyes.