The Accidental Invention of the Phonemic Alphabet

  title={The Accidental Invention of the Phonemic Alphabet},
  author={C. Gordon},
  journal={Journal of Near Eastern Studies},
  pages={193 - 197}
  • C. Gordon
  • Published 1970
  • History
  • Journal of Near Eastern Studies
  • THE standard body of knowledge and opinion concerning the Phoenician alphabet and its offshoots is summed up by David Diringer, The Alphabet (3d ed., 2 vols., [Funk and Wagnalls, New York, 1968]). A new factor, however, is emerging from the lists of signs designating days of the month in Mesoamerica and Eurasia.' In such lists, the days are each represented by a logographic glyph designating animals,2 parts of the body,3 elements of nature,4 and stars and constellations.5 A connection between… CONTINUE READING
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