The Accidental Invention of the Phonemic Alphabet

  title={The Accidental Invention of the Phonemic Alphabet},
  author={Cyrus Herzl Gordon},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={193 - 197}
  • C. Gordon
  • Published 1 July 1970
  • Geology
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
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