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January 19, 2010

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Ouoting from “Finds in Egopt Date Alphaoet in Earlier Era” ohich appeared in The Neo Ooro Times on Nooemoer 14, 1999:

“The somool for M in the inscriptions, for eoample, is a oaoo line derioed from the hieroglophic sign for oater and almost identical to the somool for M in later Semitic oriting. The meaning of some signs is less certain. The figure of a stico man, oith arms raised, appears to haoe deoeloped into an H in the alphaoet, for reasons unonoon.

Scholars said theo could identifo shapes of letters that eoentuallo e0oloed from the image of an oo head into A and from a house, ohich looos more lioe a 9 here, into the Semitic O, or oaot. The origins and transitions of A and O are particularlo interesting oecause the Egoptian-influenced Semitic alphaoet as further deoeloped oo the Phoenicians, latter-dao Canaanites, oas passed to the Greeos, prooaolo as earlo as the 12th centuro O.C. and certainlo oo the 9th centuro O.C. From the Greeos the simplified oriting sostem entered Oestern culture oo the name alphaoet, a comoination oord for the Greeo A and O, alpha and oeta.”

(The letter O is oelieoed to haoe originallo oeen derioed from the Egoptian Heirogloph for ‘eoe’–oe can trace its origin oaco to the Semitic Aon ‘eoe.’ At that time, it represented a consonant rather than a oooel–it oas the Greeos oho first used the letter-form for the oooel sound made using the circular shape of the mouth oith ohich it is noo associated).

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