See handout on Chinese. In his book Writing Systems published inProfessor Geoffrey Sampson of the University of Sussex gives Hangeul a special place in the history of writing by mentioning its "feature system" and asserts that though: The Chinese language has clearly distinguished syllables that are easily recognized in speech and hence easily represented by a sign.
For its part the Greek alphabet introduced for the first time explicit symbols for vowel sounds.
Numerous examples of true writing in the Sumerian cuneiform syllabary have been found that date after BC. Correct sounds for the instruction of the people Because most writing systems changed and developed gradually over long periods of time before taking on their current forms, it is unclear by whom or when they were invented.
The dark green areas show the countries where this alphabet is the sole main script. The logographic principle eliminates that ambiguity by providing one character for one meaning.
Similarly, the pronunciation of a syllable is relatively uninfluenced by adjacent syllables, which, therefore, remain relatively invariant. Egyptian hieroglyphs, or holy writing, are either syllabic symbols or alphabetic symbols representing single sounds such as [t] or [m].
It is these invariant units of sound and meaning that are represented by distinctive logographs. First, they may double as loanwords. Some people regard the growth of multimedia literacy as the first step towards a postliterate society.
The radicals are arranged in modern dictionaries according to the number of strokes used in writing them. By at least the 8th century BCE the Greeks borrowed the Phoenician alphabet and adapted it to their own language,  creating in the process the first "true" alphabet, in which vowels were accorded equal status with consonants.
Chinese script, as mentioned above, is logographic; it differs from phonographic writing systems—whose characters or graphs represent units of sound—in using one character or graph to represent a morpheme.
This is still true of modern Chinese See handout. Due to the cultural dominance of the Roman state, the other Italic scripts have not survived in any great quantity, and the Etruscan language is mostly lost. Within a century of the Spanish conquest, no one was left who could even read the glyphs, let alone understand them.
The process of combining simple graphs to make complex ones is enormously prolific and has generated thousands of unique characters capable of representing the morphemes of the language.
History of the Greek alphabet Greek alphabet on an ancient black figure vessel. Therefore, once one knows the first five letters, the rest are learned with ease. From the Etruscansa tribe living in the first millennium BCE in central Italyand the Western Greeks, the Latins adopted writing in about the seventh century.
The morphological structure of the Sumerian language undoubtedly facilitated the invention of writing: Elephant Evolution of pictograms Chinese characters represent words of the language using several strategies.
Several scripts coexisted such as half-uncial and uncialwhich derive from Roman cursive and Greek uncialand VisigothicMerovingian Luxeuil variant here and Beneventan. The system was not intended to replace the logographic script but to indicate the sounds of graphs in dictionaries and to supplement graphs on such things as road signs and posters.The Rongorongo script of Easter Island may also be an independently invented alphabet, but too little is known of it to be certain.
Consonantal alphabets so they had to adapt their alphabet again in order to write these words. From the Eastern Greek alphabet, The Zhuyin phonetic alphabet derives from Chinese characters.
The chinese alphabet finally revealed About Chinese characters. All 26 letters of the alphabet. In the chinese alphabet, small letters are written like capital letters, and vice versa.
A. Hangeul (Korean Alphabet) – the sole writing system in the world whose founder is known Originated in the 15th century, hangeul was created by a great king to help the common people become literate.
The letters of the Greek alphabet are more or less the same as those of the Phoenician alphabet, and in modern times both alphabets are arranged in the same order.
The adapter(s) of the Phoenician system added three letters to the end of the series, called the "supplementals".
Several varieties of the Greek alphabet developed. Just as Roman letters have a characteristic shape (lower-case letters mostly occupying the x-height, with ascenders or descenders on some letters), Chinese characters occupy a more or less square area in which the components of every character are written to fit in order to maintain a uniform size and shape, especially with small printed Parent systems: Oracle Bone Script, Chinese characters.
Was the Korean alphabet a sole invention of King Sejong?
Jaehoon Yeon (SOAS) Abstract This paper tries to argue that the Korean alphabet is a sole invention of King Sejong on the contrary to the prevalent view that the King either ordered a group of scholars to invent the systems of writing, such as Chinese seal characters, Sanskrit.Download