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Alphabets

communication that is said to have been introduced around 1600 B.C. The alphabet as a One Sign-One sound system of writing had its origins in pictograms (cuneiform, ideograms (hieroglyphs, acrophony) and phonograms. This aspect of the topic is further discussed under new media. 

Daniels (1996) suggested that we need to distingusih between alphabets, abjads and abugidas. Cf. Syllabic alphabets, Syllabaries, Semanto-phonetic scripts

While some have argued that language distinguishes humans and writing is the mark of civilization, there is evidence that knots of various kinds (Lhoba, Khipu) may have played a role in some of the earliest systems. 


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Scope Note
Narrower Term:  Alphabets 
Narrower Term:  Arabic alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Brahmi alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Celtiberian alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Cuneiform writing 
Narrower Term:  Cypriote syllabary 
Narrower Term:  Cyrillic alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Devanagari alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Glagolitic alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Gurmukhi alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Inscriptions, Linear A 
Narrower Term:  Jawi alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Kharosthi alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Ol alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Pasigraphy 
Narrower Term:  Phonetic alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Runes 
Narrower Term:  Siyāqat alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Bharati alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Uighur alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Rizaleo alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Dȯrvȯlzhin alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Grantha alphabet 
Narrower Term:  Tod alphabet 
Narrower Term:  X (The letter) 

See Also:  Illumination of books and manuscripts 
See Also:  Initials 
See Also:  Lettering 
See Also:  Monograms 
Narrower Term:  Roman capitals (Lettering) 
Narrower Term:  Telegraph Alphabets 

 

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