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The Beginnings of Alphabets, a text overview of the Alphabet Makers.

Alcuin

Alcuin of York, at Charlemagne's orders, set up a school for monks and instituted some writing standards that are still our conventions today.

Fu-Hsi

Emperor Fu-Hsi (2852-2738 B.C.) was the legendary inventor of the Chinese script.

Mashtotz

Mesrop Mashtotz tried to adapt existing alphabets to his language, Armenian.

Mongolian

The Mongolian alphabet was the work of three Tibetan lamas

Moses

Moses, educated Hebrew leader, was "educated in all the learning of the Egyptians." He was contemporaneous with the development of the Old Hebrew alphabet.

Panini

Panini wrote a grammar of Sanskrit some time between the 7th and the 4th centuries B.C. The rediscovery of Panini's grammar lead to the development of linguistic science in Western Europe in the 19th century.

Ramkhamhaeng

King Ramkhamhaeng adapted the Kampuchean alphabet, derived from South Indic, to the writing of Thai.

Sejong

King Sejong of Korea (1397-1450) wanted his people to be literate, so he tried to promote literacy by creating an entirely new, scientific alphabet, representing the individual sounds of the spoken language.

Sequoyah

Sequoyah (c. 1765-1843), though illiterate himself, created a writing system which allowed his people to become literate in a few months.

Ulfilas

Ulfilas (311-382), created an alphabet based on Greek and Roman letters that corresponded to the speech sounds of Visigoth. For other sounds, he used runes, an early Germanic alphabet of limited use.


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