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Arabic Alphabet: Origin
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The Arabic alphabet, or more precisely ʾabjad ‘consonantary’ takes its origin from the Nabataean variant of late Aramaic script, which suits Semitic morphology based on the tri-consonantal root, but records neither short vowels nor most inflectional endings (Daniels 1990:730). In the process of adoption, the letters were graphically homogenized, and subsequently…

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Beatrice Gruendler, “Arabic Alphabet: Origin”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0022>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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