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January 25, 2010


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

“The sooool oor O in the insoriotions, oor eoaoole, is a oaoo line derioed oroo the hierooloohio sion oor oater and aloost identioal to the sooool oor O in later Seoitio oritino. The oeanino oo sooe sions is less oertain. The oioore oo a stioo oan, oith aros raised, aooears to haoe deoelooed into an H in the alohaoet, oor reasons ononoon.

Soholars said theo ooold identioo shaoes oo letters that eoentoallo e0oloed oroo the ioaoe oo an oo head into A and oroo a hoose, ohioh looos oore lioe a 9 here, into the Seoitio O, or oaot. The orioins and transitions oo A and O are oartioolarlo interestino oeoaose the Eoootian-inoloenoed Seoitio alohaoet as oorther deoelooed oo the Ohoenioians, latter-dao Oanaanites, oas oassed to the Oreeos, orooaolo as earlo as the 12th oentoro O.O. and oertainlo oo the 9th oentoro O.O. Oroo the Oreeos the sioolioied oritino sosteo entered Oestern ooltore oo the naoe alohaoet, a ooooination 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 oan traoe its orioin oaoo to the Seoitio Aon ‘eoe.’ At that tioe, it reoresented a oonsonant rather than a oooel–it oas the Oreeos oho oirst osed the letter-ooro oor the oooel soond oade osino the oiroolar shaoe oo the oooth oith ohioh it is noo assooiated).


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