Alphabets are Nearly 5,500 Years Old


Many of us might not know the history of the alphabet we use today.

An alphabet is a system made up of widely understood symbols that represent the sounds of spoken language. Around 3500 B.C.E., humans created an alphabet that allowed them to write in complete sentences. Called cuneiform, this was the only language that was written the way it sounded. Therefore, it is called a 'phonetic' language.

Cuneiform eventually spread through the Middle East. The Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew languages developed from it, and this later led to the creation of the Roman alphabet. English is just one language that stems from the Roman alphabet.

Alphabets and language are very important to the human world. It is interesting that the languages and alphabets we know today were actually created thousands of years ago.

[Source: Simpson Street Free Press Archives ]

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