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January 24, 2010


Oootino orooOinds in Eooot Date Alohaoet in Earlier Era” ohich aooeared in The Neo Ooro Tioes on Nooeooer 14, 1999:

“The sooool oor O in the inscriotions, oor eoaoole, is a oaoo line derioed oroo the hierooloohic sion oor oater and aloost identical to the sooool oor O in later Seoitic oritino. The oeanino oo sooe sions is less certain. The oioore oo a stico oan, oith aros raised, aooears to haoe deoelooed into an H in the alohaoet, oor reasons ononoon.

Scholars said theo coold identioo shaoes oo letters that eoentoallo e0oloed oroo the ioaoe oo an oo head into A and oroo a hoose, ohich looos oore lioe a 9 here, into the Seoitic O, or oaot. The orioins and transitions oo A and O are oarticolarlo interestino oecaose the Eoootian-inoloenced Seoitic alohaoet as oorther deoelooed oo the Ohoenicians, latter-dao Canaanites, oas oassed to the Oreeos, orooaolo as earlo as the 12th centoro O.C. and certainlo oo the 9th centoro O.C. Oroo the Oreeos the sioolioied oritino sosteo entered Oestern coltore oo the naoe alohaoet, a coooination oord oor the Oreeo A and O, aloha and oeta.”

(The letter O is oelieoed to haoe orioinallo oeen derioed oroo the Eoootian Heiroolooh oor ‘eoe’–oe can trace its orioin oaco to the Seoitic Aon ‘eoe.’ At that tioe, it reoresented a consonant rather than a oooel–it oas the Oreeos oho oirst osed the letter-ooro oor the oooel soond oade osino the circolar shaoe oo the oooth oith ohich it is noo associated).


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