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  English language, alphabet and pronunciation
English is a West Germanic language related to Dutch, Frisian and German with a significant amount of vocabulary from French, Latin, Greek and many other languages.
English evolved from the Germanic languages brought to Britain by the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and other Germanic tribes, which are known collectively as Anglo-Saxon or Old English.
Estuary English (the English spoken in London, along the Thames estuary and in the southeast of England): http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/estuary/
www.omniglot.com /writing/english.htm   (160 words)

  
  Alphabet - MSN Encarta
Alphabets are the most common type of writing in the world today.
The first alphabet was probably developed at least 3,500 years ago by people who lived on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and spoke a Semitic language.
English, for example, can represent the long o sound with a single o (as in go), the letters ow (as in glow), the letters oa (as in throat), and the letters ew (as in sew).
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761565349/Alphabet.html   (1250 words)

  
 Learn English - e Learn English Language
In school many of us were taught the mnemonic device "I before E except after C or when sounding like A as in neighbor and weigh." This is a fairly good rule, but it has a lot of exceptions.
Whether to drop the final -e on some English words before adding a suffix can be confusing for some English speakers.
The English words good and well are often confused by native and non-native speakers of English - this is a good lesson that will put you well on your way to understanding the difference.
www.elearnenglishlanguage.com   (378 words)

  
 Alphabet - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The alphabet (derived from the latin word, "printer"} was invented and put into soup in 1066 by Vanna White to satisfy the hunger of her evil Mongolian overlord Pat Sajak.
Due to a horrendous accident in the middle east, the Arabic alphabet actually consists of the doodles of a bored clerk in a storage facilty where the Gutenberg press was being held due to customs forms being filled out incorrectly.
In the recent rise of gambling, the Alphabet is a nickname used to reffer to a person's primary wager, while the Betabet was their secondary wager.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Alphabet   (1160 words)

  
 English alphabet
The English alphabet is derived from the Latin alphabet.
In Old English "æ" was adopted as a letter on its own and called æsc 'ash', and in very early Old English "œ" also appeared as a distinct letter named œðel.
Historically the ampersand, &, was considered to be the twenty-seventh letter of the English alphabet, although the figure is properly a logogram for the word and.
www.xasa.com /wiki/en/wikipedia/e/en/english_alphabet.html   (225 words)

  
 History Of The Alphabet, English Alphabet, Greek Alphabet, Chinese Alphabet And More
It is however interesting to note that the Romans were not the original inventors of the English alphabet; they merely improved upon a system of writing that was already in existence for thousands of years.
The Etruscan alphabet was influenced by the Greek alphabet and was developed about 1000B.C. The Roman alphabet was a modification of the Etruscan style, initially consisting of twenty letters, gradually gaining three more.
That is to say, the regular English alphabet does not have a separate character for every distinctive sound in the language.
www.wisedude.com /history/alphabet.htm   (716 words)

  
 Search: History of the English Alphabet
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Greek alphabet which were not used by the Romans, and therefore we do not have them in English today (i...
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 Old English Alphabet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The earliest written records of Old English date from around 700 A.D. Early Germanic tribes had a runic alphabet, but it was only used for mystical, magical, or secret religious purposes, not as a tool for communication.
The first writing in Old English was done after the Christianizing of England by monks using the Roman alphabet of their Latin to approximate the sounds of Old English they heard from the populace around them.
" come from the runic alphabet; the "æ" is simply a ligature of the letters "a" and "e" (though the name of the letter, the "aesc" or "ash", comes from its runic name); the history of the "
homepage.mac.com /ebranscomb/courses/HEL/oe/OEAlphabet.html   (237 words)

  
 Alphabet definition by The Linux Information Project (LINFO)
A letter is a character in an alphabet that represents one or several, alternative phonemes (i.e., the fundamental sounds of a spoken language) and/or that is used in combinations with other letters to represent one or several, alternative phonemes.
The Roman alphabet was adapted mainly from the Etruscan alphabet during the 7th century BC; exceptions included Y and Z, which were taken from the Greek alphabet.
Were English to have an alphabet with a one-to-one correspondence between letters and phonemes (as has been proposed from time to time), there would be 41 letters (i.e., one for each of the 41 phonemes in the language).
www.linfo.org /alphabet.html   (2116 words)

  
 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The English language was first written in the Anglo-Saxon Futhorc runic alphabet, in use from the 5th century.
In Modern English orthography, þ (thorn), Ð (eth), (wynn) and (yogh) are obsolete (the first two now both represented by th), although þ continued in existence for some time, its lower case form gradually becoming graphically indistinguishable from the minuscule y in most handwritings.
In English it is used to represent the word and and occasionally the Latin word et, as in the abbreviation &c (et cetera).
www.goupstate.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=English_alphabet   (1070 words)

  
 THE ENGLISH ALPHABET
The alphabet is a set of letters and each letter represents a sound.
Alphabets are ‘phonetic systems’ where the individual sounds of the language are represented with letters.
The English alphabet is the result of thousands of years of transformation.
www.sunysuffolk.edu /~heald58/ch51.htm   (120 words)

  
 Overview of the English Language to Help You Learn English
English is spoken by one out of every six people in the world.
English belongs to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European family of languages.
English punctuation can be a little confusing for someone coming to it from another language.
www.transparent.com /languagepages/english/overview.htm   (560 words)

  
 ajabanzabAn.com & the Persian alphabet - fun and easy ways to bond with Persian letters.
When you see the alphabet written out (as it is here in the column to the right) you see the "detached" form of the letter.
The genius of an alphabet is that it uses a written symbol to represent sound.
The current Persian alphabet we are using is based on the Arabic alphabet, but with some important differences.
www.ajabanzaban.com /learn/alphabet/a_index.html   (814 words)

  
 Old English Alphabet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Phonology and standardized orthography Old English was at first written in but shifted to the Latin alphabet with some additions: the letter yogh adopted from Irish ; and three runes : thorn eth and...
The Old English alphabet spread to Iceland and Scandinavia, and by the 14th century, the use there of Eê for the voiced // and ûORN for the voiceless // was common.
Old English Alphabet Contents Page 01 Page 03 Page 02 Page 04 Conditions of Use Permission is granted for limited personal use of up to twenty (20) images from ALL collections.
www.alphabeti.com /oldenglishalphabet   (870 words)

  
 Engl401 | Lessons | Old English Spelling and Pronunciation 1
The Old English alphabet, like the Modern English alphabet, is based on the Roman letters, but the alphabet is slightly different than the one we use, as you will see if you glance at some of the readings for the course..
Nevertheless, we do know quite a bit about how Old English was pronounced, and since the likelihood of meeting time-travelling Anglo-Saxons is fairly remote, we can reach a standard of pronunciation that will satisfy most of the people we will need to use the language with.
These should guide you to a pronunciation of Old English that will be acceptable in most situations where you are likely to pronounce it, but you should also either try to get hold of a tape-recording to imitate, or telephone me to have me polish your pronunciation over the phone.
www.ucalgary.ca /UofC/eduweb/engl401/lessons/pronunc1.htm   (1335 words)

  
 Old English Alphabet
Old English was the Germanic language spoken in the area now known as England between the 5th and 11th centuries.
Old English began to appear in writing during the early 8th century.
Some, as you might suspect, form plurals in ways different from how "cyning" does--indeed, some nominative plurals are formed by adding "-an," some form plurals by changing the vowel within the root, and some plurals are identical to the singulars.
www.lycos.com /info/old-english-alphabet.html   (212 words)

  
 The Spanish alphabet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The English examples are the definitions of the Spanish examples unless otherwise noted with this symbol: --.
The letter G is hard (like the English G in "gate") when it is followed by the vowels a, o and u: gato, gordo, gusto.
Therefore, the Spanish alphabet has all the letters of the English alphabet except for the additional ñ.
www.drlemon.net /Grammar/alphabet.html   (622 words)

  
 ENGLISH ALPHABET for print and painting
English and Irish — official languages of Republic of Ireland
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu — official language of Republic of South Africa
English, German, Afrikaans — official language of Republic of Namibia
www.raskraska.ru /azbuka/azbuka-e.html   (142 words)

  
 English Reading: The English Alphabet (EnglishClub.com)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
An alphabet is a set of letters or symbols that we use to represent the basic speech sounds of a language in writing.
The English word "alphabet" comes from the Latin word "alphabetum".
The Latin word "alphabetum" came from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, "alpha" and "beta".
www.englishclub.com /reading/alphabet.htm   (63 words)

  
 The Petersonian English Spelling System
No, the letters of the English alphabet as it stands are plenty fine for representing the sounds of modern English as she's spoke today.
There is a glide commonly associated with the sound [ɑ], but English doesn't have it (unless you consider the sound Homer Simpson makes when he's entranced by food to be a part of English), and also doesn't have a letter for it.
A regular alphabet could be used to help children learn to recognize how a given form is pronounced (e.g., "right" would be spelled "rayt" or "rite", or something), and then the children simply memorize the form "right", the way someone learning Chinese would memorize the symbol ⻲.
dedalvs.free.fr /petersonian.html   (6481 words)

  
 English
Other Linguist's Software non-Unicode-encoded fonts contain the English alphabet in their standard ASCII positions, but have the punctuation characters that are in the font in different positions from standard ASCII.
Therefore, these fonts are able to type English, and the English portion will be compatible with standard Windows and Macintosh fonts, but the user must be careful about converting punctuation from standard fonts.
Users may type English with these fonts but will not be able to convert the English to/from standard Windows and Macintosh fonts (without a lot of search and replace operations).
www.linguistsoftware.com /english.htm   (840 words)

  
 Chinese english alphabet
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 Red Cross Red Crescent - News
In another room, ten Koreans are having a discussion in English with a professor from the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies about the different hair colours of Europeans.
People in the first group are complete beginners, having no knowledge of English or the Roman alphabet.
"The English language training has done much to improve our relationship with the International Federation and other international organisations in our country," says Ri Un Hye, from the DPRK Red Cross's International Department, who designed the training programme and is overseeing it.
www.ifrc.org /docs/news/02/031901   (417 words)

  
 Arabic Alphabet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Arabic alphabet is written and read from right to left and horizontally.
In Arabic short vowels are not a part of the Arabic alphabet, instead they are written as marks over or below the consonant and sometimes over or below a long vowel.
First we see Washington the way it’s written in English, and then we can see it using English Alphabet but Arabic symbols of short vowels.
linguanaut.com /arabic_alphabet   (811 words)

  
 GREEK TO ENGLISH ALPHABET
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 The Russian Alphabet
Here is the Russian alphabet, which consists of 32 letters instead of our 26, so we have to do some maneuvering in order to provide English equivalents to all the Russian letters (and of course the sounds).
One advantage you will notice at once: the Russian alphabet is a much more reliable guide to pronunciation than our English alphabet (as you can tell from some multiple English equivalent sounds to one Russian consonant).
And it was at this point that the original Slavic alphabet (known as Glagolitic) was modified, chiefly with the inclusion of many more letters borrowed from the Greek.
www.ic.arizona.edu /ic/atheneum/russianalphabet.html   (1839 words)

  
 How to write Old English; Modern English, Alfabet, Alphabet, Fonts
(Old) English writing and the characters that are used belong to a specific language script, the way it is written.
The age of the "written english language" (of the script) is mentioned in: the history of writing.
After that the extra characters that are needed to write old english is presented but also the (modern) english alphabet and furthermore information and hyperlinks about "English" - most of it in Dutch.
www.xs4all.nl /~wjsn/engels.htm   (553 words)

  
 English Grammar and Writing : English language courses, English Grammar Online
View Top English Grammar Questions from Users + Answers
The free online reference and guide for English grammar, writing, punctuation and learning.
You can test your English, use the reference sections and register for our free members' services which will give you access to top-quality, professional English language learning and resource services.
www.edunet.com /english/grammar/alpha.html   (178 words)

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