The Canaanite alphabet The two Canaanite branches may be subdivided into several secondary branches. It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the Phoenician alphabet in the history of writing.
Of all the accomplishments of the ancient Middle East, the invention of the alphabet is probably the greatest. The Greek achievement was to provide representations for vowel sounds. The North Semitic alphabet remained almost unaltered for many centuries.
This was the invention of a consonantal writing system known as North Semitic. In Syria and Palestine, the geographical centre of the Fertile Crescent, three nations—Israel, Phoenicia, and Aram—played an increasingly important political role. Among the various other theories concerning the alphabet are the hypotheses that the alphabet was taken by the Philistines from Crete to Palestine, that the various ancient scripts of the Mediterranean countries developed from prehistoric geometric symbols employed throughout the Mediterranean area from the earliest times, and that the proto-Sinaitic inscriptions discovered since in the Sinai Peninsula represent a stage of writing intermediate between the Egyptian hieroglyphics and the North Semitic alphabet.
On the whole, the few early Aramaic inscriptions that have been found belong to the 9th, 8th, and 7th centuries bce.
Thousands of clay tablets were found there, documents of inestimable value in many fields of research including epigraphyphilologyand the history of religion. With regard to the Semitic offshoots, six separate alphabets may be discerned: Only very few inscriptions have been found in Phoenicia proper.
Page 1 of 2. Over the centuries, various theories have been advanced to explain the origin of alphabetic writing, and, since Classical times, the problem has been a matter of serious study. By being adopted and then adapted by the Greeks, the North Semitic, or Phoenician, alphabet became the direct ancestor of all Western alphabets.
Numerous Aramaic papyri and ostraca inscribed pottery fragments have been found in Egypt; the earliest of these can be dated to c. It is idle to speculate on the meaning of the various discoveries referred to. The Greek alphabet As in so many other things, the importance of the ancient Greeks in the history of the alphabet is paramount.
The most that can be said about its origins is that it neither developed from nor directly depended upon the North Semitic alphabet. Every country situated in or more or less near the eastern Mediterranean has been singled out for the honour.
Out of the latter developed the Punic and neo-Punic scripts and probably also the Libyan and Iberian scripts. Others hold that the alphabet follows the flag; that is, that the diffusion of an alphabet results from political and military conquests by the people who use it. First, Early Hebrew had three secondary branches—Moabite, Edomite, and Ammonite—and two offshoots—the script of Jewish coins and the Samaritan script, still in use today for liturgical purposes only.
Among these scripts, which were directly or mainly indirectly adapted to non-Semitic languages from the Aramaic alphabet, are:Tracing letters helps kids learn the alphabet and build penmanship skills.
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Writing the alphabet each month assessment for portfolio. Writing the alphabet is an assessment tool I use with my class to see letter writing. Determine who is having difficulty learning their letters. Assessments: 1. Written Alphabet (group) 2. Letter Names (individual) 3.
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This is a two page assessment for letter ID and writing letters of the alphabet. Subjects: English. Letters and the alphabet worksheets for preschool and kindergarten. Includes tracing and printing letters, matching uppercase and lowercase letters, alphabetical order, word searches and other worksheets helping students to learn letters and the alphabet.
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Determine students' abilities to name uppercase and lowercase letters using our Alphabet Letter Naming assessments. Three forms assess recognition of uppercase and lowercase letters. The fourth is a matching exercise in which children match uppercase letters with lowercase letters.Download