The Alphabet

What is alphabet? Most of people will say A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. Well, good job. Unfortunately, that was it. According to research in North America, seven out of ten people do not know how the alphabet made or history of the alphabet or principle of the alphabet.

By Jonghoon Park

What are these?

 An alphabet is a standard set of letters (basic written symbols or graphemes) which is used one or more languages based on the general principle that the letters represent basic significant sounds of the spoken language.




History of the Alphabet

  • Roman alphabet 55 B.C
    24 Jun 155

Used in 55 B.C the roman alphabet is very similar to the modern english one.This was the first recorded instance of the Romans being in England, but they did not conquer England until 78-85 A.D. They stayed in control of the island for 300 years.

  • 1900 B.C Luxor Egypt
    24 Jun 190

dated back to 1900 B.C in Luxor Egypt

  • Ancient English 5th century
    24 Jun 205

Old English / Anglo-Saxon, which was spoken in England from about the 5th to the 11th century in Britan

  • Ancient Latin 6 B.C
    24 Jun 206

The earliest known inscriptions in the Latin alphabet date from the 6th century BC. It was adapted from the Etruscan alphabet during the 7th century BC. The letters Y and Z were taken from the Greek alphabet to write Greek loan words. Other letters were added from time to time as the Latin alphabet was adapted for other languages.

  • Ancient Greek Alphabet
    24 Jun 209

The Greek alphabet has been used to write the Greek language since about the 9th century BC. It was the first true alphabet with a symbol for each vowel and consonant, and is the oldest alphabetic script in use today.

  • Early Armaic Hebrew  10th century
    24 Jun 210

The Early Aramaic Hebrew alphabet was developed sometime during the late 10th or early 9th century BC.

  • Spanish Alphabet 17 B.C
    24 Jun 255

Used scince the 17th century B.C this spanish alphabet has been used to get letters for the english language

The Alphabetic Principle

Children’s reading development is dependent on their understanding of the alphabetic principle. The idea that letters and letter patterns represent the sounds of spoken language. Learning that there are predictable relationships between sounds and letters allows children to apply these relationships to both familiar and unfamiliar words, and to begin to read with fluency.

Related Links


Allen Butler (2005). The Origins and History of the Alphabet. Retrieved May 15, 2012, from

Hazel (N.D). Alphabet Timeline. Retrieved May 15, 2012, from

Texas Education Agency (N.D). The Alphabetic Principle. Retrieved May 15, 2012, from

Wikipedia, Coulmas, Florian (1996). The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems. Retrieved May 15, 2012, from


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