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  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Roman alphabet
In linguistics, a, diaeresis, or dieresis (AE) (from Greek (diaerein), to divide) is the modification of a syllable by distinctly pronouncing one of its vowels.
The Roman alphabet or Latin alphabet was adapted from an Etruscan alphabet, to represent the phonemes of the Latin language.
The Latin alphabet spread from Italy, along with the Latin language, to the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea with the expansion of the Roman Empire.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Roman-alphabet   (8765 words)

  
 EDSITEment - Lesson Plan
The alphabet the Romans developed is everywhere in your classroom.
Since the Romans passed their language to the next generations, the laws and literature of the Middle Ages were also written in Latin.
The main difference between the Roman alphabet and our alphabet is that in the old Roman alphabet C and G were not distinguished, and neither were I and J, and neither were U, V and W.
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 Latin-Alphabet
The Latin (or, as it is also called, Roman) alphabet appeared in the 7th century BC as an adaptation of the Etruscan alphabet to the Latin language.
The Etruscans themselves borrowed their alphabet from the Greek colonists in Italy; the origin of the Greek alphabet is traced through Phoenician scripts to the North Semitic alphabet, which was already in use in Syria and Palestine during the 12th c.
the Roman type, preferred in northern Italy, chiefly in Venice, where it was used in the printing presses at the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th centuries; from Italy it spread to the Netherlands, England (about 1518), Germany, France, and Spain.
www.orbilat.com /Languages/Latin/Grammar/Latin-Alphabet.html   (1491 words)

  
 Ancient and modern Latin alphabet
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.
www.omniglot.com /writing/latin.htm   (447 words)

  
  Roman alphabet definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
Roman alphabet definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
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It is based on the alphabet developed in ancient Rome.
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  Alphabet - MSN Encarta
Alphabet (from alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet), set of written symbols, each representing a given sound or sounds, which can be variously combined to form all the words of a language.
An alphabet attempts ideally to indicate each separate sound by a separate symbol, although this end is seldom attained, except in the Korean alphabet (the most perfect phonetic system known) and, to a lesser degree, in the Japanese syllabaries.
Because of Roman conquests and the spread of the Latin language, that language’s Roman alphabet became the basic alphabet of all the languages of Western Europe.
uk.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761565349/Alphabet.html   (958 words)

  
  Latin alphabet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is generally held that the Latins adopted the western variant of the Greek alphabet in the 7th century BC from Cumae, a Greek colony in southern Italy.
The Latin alphabet spread from Italy, along with the Latin language, to the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea with the expansion of the Roman Empire.
The Finnish alphabet and collating rules are the same as in Swedish, except for the addition of the letters Š and Ž, which are considered variants of S and Z. In French and English, characters with diaeresis (ä, ë, ï, ö, ü, ÿ) are usually treated just like their un-accented versions.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Roman_alphabet   (3811 words)

  
 Latin alphabet at AllExperts
It is generally held that the Latins adopted the western variant of the Greek alphabet in the 7th century BC from Cumae, a Greek colony in southern Italy.
Roman legend credited the introduction to one Evander, son of the Sibyl, supposedly 60 years before the Trojan war, but there is no historically sound basis to this tale.
The Latin alphabet spread from Italy, along with the Latin language, to the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea with the expansion of the Roman Empire.
en.allexperts.com /e/l/la/latin_alphabet.htm   (3766 words)

  
 Alphabet - ninemsn Encarta
Alphabet (from alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet), set of written symbols, each representing a given sound or sounds, which can be variously combined to form all the words of a language.
An alphabet attempts ideally to indicate each separate sound by a separate symbol, although this end is seldom attained, except in the Korean alphabet (the most perfect phonetic system known) and, to a lesser degree, in the Japanese syllabaries.
Because of Roman conquests and the spread of the Latin language, that language’s Roman alphabet became the basic alphabet of all the languages of Western Europe.
au.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761565349/Alphabet.html   (958 words)

  
 Latin alphabet
In the course of its history, the Latin alphabet was adapted for use for new languages, some of which had phonemes which were not used in languages previously written with this alphabet, and therefore extensions were created as needed.
For a short time in Roman history, the three Claudian letters were added to the alphabet, but they were not widely received and were eventually removed.
In Romanian, special characters derived from the Latin alphabet are collated after their originals: A, Ă, Â,..., I, Î,..., S, Ş, T, Ţ,..., Z. In the Swedish alphabet, "W" is seen as a variant of "V" and not a separate letter.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/l/la/latin_alphabet.html   (3420 words)

  
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The Shaw alphabet was developed in the 1958 and 1959, at the specific bequest of George Bernard Shaw, the famous playwright.
Roman alphabet has a number of silent letters, some of which are used to indicate an alternate pronunciations of a preceding letter.
The Roman alphabet uses over 30 of vowel letters and vowel letter combinations made up from "a", "e", "i", "o", "u", "w" and "y" and also adds the silent "e" to the end of the word to indicate many of the various vowel sounds used by English.
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 AllRefer.com - alphabet (Language And Linguistics) - Encyclopedia
The precursors of the alphabet were the iconographic and ideographic writing of ancient man, such as wall paintings, cuneiform, and the hieroglyphic writing of the Egyptians.
The alphabet of modern Western Europe is the Roman alphabet, the base of most alphabets used for the newly written languages of Africa and America, as well as for scientific alphabets.
Two European alphabets of the late Roman era were the runes and the ogham.
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 Greek alphabet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It was the first alphabet in the narrow sense, that is, a writing system using a separate symbol for each vowel and consonant alike.
The Greek alphabet originated as a modification of the Phoenician alphabet and in turn gave rise to the Gothic, Glagolitic, Cyrillic, Coptic, and possibly the Armenian alphabets, as well as the Latin alphabet, as documented in History of the alphabet.
During the Middle Ages, the Greek scripts underwent changes paralleling those of the Roman alphabet: while the old forms were retained as a monumental script, uncial and eventually minuscule hands came to dominate.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Greek_alphabet   (2524 words)

  
 alphabet - HighBeam Encyclopedia
The precursors of the alphabet were the iconographic and ideographic writing of ancient man, such as wall paintings, cuneiform, and the hieroglyphic writing of the Egyptians.
The alphabet of modern Western Europe is the Roman alphabet, the base of most alphabets used for the newly written languages of Africa and America, as well as for scientific alphabets.
Two European alphabets of the late Roman era were the runes and the ogham.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/a/alphabet.asp   (515 words)

  
 Roman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Roman or some cognate means "novel" in many European languages; in such languages, the cognates of novel mean English "novella"
Roman alphabet (Latin alphabet), the standard script of the English language and most of the languages of western and central Europe, and of those areas settled by Europeans
Roman law, the legal system of both the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Roman   (282 words)

  
 §5. The Roman Alphabet. II. Runes and Manuscripts. Vol. 1. From the Beginnings to the Cycles of Romance. The ...
The advent of Christianity and the beginnings of English literature are intimately connected, for the missionary and the Roman alphabet travelled together, and it was owing to the Christian scribe that the songs and sagas, the laws and customs, the faith and the proverbial wisdom of our forefathers, were first recorded and preserved.
Before entering, however, on the history of the Irish alphabet in England, it may be of interest to note that an even earlier attempt had been made to introduce Roman characters among the English.
From these we learn that the type of alphabet taught was the Roman rustic capital though of a somewhat modified local character.
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 Alphabets definition by The Linux Information Project
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.
Most alphabets, including that used by the English language, are based on the Roman alphabet (also referred to as the Latin alphabet), which was first used by the ancient Romans to write Latin.
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.
www.bellevuelinux.org /alphabet.html   (2108 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.
Most alphabets, including that used by the English language, are based on the Roman alphabet (also referred to as the Latin alphabet), which was first used by the ancient Romans to write Latin.
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.
www.linfo.org /alphabet.html   (2116 words)

  
 Alphabet
Nowadays, the Roman alphabet, which is made up of 26 letters is used to print most books, magazines and newspapers.
The Etruscans taught the alphabet to the Romans and it has more or less the same form as it is today.
About 900, the Glagolithic alphabet was modified into the Cyrillic alphabet, which was named for Cyril, the more literary of the brothers.
library.thinkquest.org /26890/alphabet.htm   (1089 words)

  
 alphabet - Wiktionary
From Late Latin alphabētum < Greek αλφάβητος, from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha (Α) and beta (Β), from Phoenician aleph (≮, א, "ox") + beth (ב,פ, "house"), so called because they were pictograms of those objects.
Cyrillic: азбука (Cyrillic alphabet) f, абецеда (Roman alphabet) f
Roman: azbuka (Cyrillic alphabet) f, abeceda (Roman alphabet) f
en.wiktionary.org /wiki/alphabet   (128 words)

  
 alphabet.html
In the Phoenician's 22-letter alphabet, each letter is a picture of a common object, and the letter represents the first sound in the word for that object.
The Classical Greek alphabet was not adopted in Athens until 402 BC, long after the Etruscans had modified the Greek alphabet for their own needs.
The early Roman alphabet lacks the letter the Greeks called Zeta and uses a variant of the letter the Greeks called Upsilon.
www2.sunysuffolk.edu /oconnog/story/alphabet.html   (721 words)

  
 Rich Language: Alphabet 1
The Cyrillic alphabet, used primarily by the Russian language, is in a distant second position being used by fewer than ten live languages.
The Cyrillic and Roman alphabets share a heritage, both having descended from the Greek alphabet.
English is one of the few Roman alphabet languages to have eliminated accents (diacritic marks) from its alphabet.
www.richlanguage.com /archives/alphabet_1.html   (378 words)

  
 Roman Alphabetization
The Roman alphabet was originally for Latin; the relationship between that language and its alphabet is complex enough.
In sum, the alphabetizing of English words is built on the shaky foundation of English spelling.
An example is the Dutch "ij:" "Rijksmuseum" in a Dutch encyclopedia is placed after "Rwanda" because the "ij" ligature is alphabetized by the Dutch between the letters "w" and "y." Another example is the Czech ligature "ch", which is alphabetized between "h" and "i." The Welsh language has eight ligatures.
www.islandnet.com /~wesindex/alphabet.html   (1314 words)

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