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Earliest abecedary/Alphabet Primer

 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:49 am    Post subject: Earliest abecedary/Alphabet Primer Reply with quote

Oldest ABCs Primer Found on Ancient Pottery

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The ostracon contains an incomplete list of words written in hieratic, the cursive script used in ancient Egypt for some 3,000 years. The instructional list of words in alphabetical order is called an abecedary.

The text remained obscure until recently, when it was deciphered by Ben Haring, a Dutch Egyptologist working at Leiden University.

“The abecedary is basically a list of words ordered by their first consonant sounds. The order is not the ABC of modern western alphabets, but Halaḥam (HLḤM), the order known from the ancient Egyptian, ancient Arabian and classical Ethiopian scripts,” Haring told Discovery News.


Haring has also published an article on this ostracon, under the title

Haring. B. 2015. Halaam on an Ostracon of the Early New Kingdom? JNES 74/2: 189-96.

Page 1 is available for free viewing here.

If you would like a copy of the entire article, please PM me.

HTH.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alphabet or abugida?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robson wrote:
Alphabet or abugida?


Okay, you have stumped my dictionary on "abugida." Please define.

As noted in the quote, what has been found is an abecedary, which is basically a list of words ordered by their first consonant sounds.

If you wish to read the entire article which explains what has been found, please private message me with a valid e-mail address, and I will send it to you.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Abugida, also called alphasyllabary are quasi-alphabetic scripts, that include syllabic and, sometimes, in borderline cases, ideographic signs, just like the Ge'ez script from Ethiopia (where the term is from) and South/Southeast Asian Brahmic scripts. Meroitic script is among one of those borderline cases.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was under the impression that an ostracon was a vote to ban people from an organization. Is this what is meant by the text title?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

" Egyptian limestone and potsherd ostraca "
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