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Alphabet, The Origin of the Greek
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Following the invention of writing, we can identify three major steps in the evolution of the Greek alphabet. First, to link graphemes to the sounds of a language, which was already a strategic part of the Egyptian system by the time we know it. This momentous idea was probably the result of minor orthographic problem-…

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Nicholas Swift, “Alphabet, The Origin of the Greek”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000017>
First published online: 2000

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