Every country situated in or more or less near the eastern Mediterranean has been singled out for the honour.
Egyptian writing, cuneiform, Cretan, hieroglyphic Hittite, the Cypriot syllabary, and other scripts have all been called prototypes of the alphabet.
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Many schools now require that students entering kindergarten be able to write the print manuscript alphabet, as well as their own names.
While cursive script writing took a backseat for several years, its usefulness has been rediscovered, and students in the upper elementary grades are again learning how to write in cursive.Thanks to our slew of alphabet worksheets, new learners can explore their ABCs in a variety of formats at a variety of levels.Beginners can start with coloring and dot-to-dot alphabet worksheets before graduating to letter tracing, identifying missing letters, understanding vowels, and eventually, writing their first words.Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work!Place a handful of pieces of alphabet-themed cereal on the table, call out letters at random, and see if he can spot them.If that’s too easy of a challenge, grab a timer and see how long it takes him to put the pieces in alphabetical order.Among the various other theories concerning the alphabet are the hypotheses that the alphabet was taken by the Philistines from Crete to Palestine, that the various ancient scripts of the Mediterranean countries developed from prehistoric geometric symbols employed throughout the Mediterranean area from the earliest times, and that the proto-Sinaitic inscriptions (discovered since 1905 in the Sinai Peninsula) represent a stage of writing intermediate between the Egyptian hieroglyphics and the North Semitic alphabet.Another hypothesis, the Ugaritic theory, evolved after an epoch-making discovery in 1929 (and the years following) at the site of the ancient Ugarit, on the Syrian coast opposite the most easterly cape of Cyprus.The North Semitic alphabet was so constant for many centuries that it is impossible to think that there had been any material changes in the preceding two to three centuries.Moreover, the North Semitic languages, based as they are on a consonantal root (i.e., a system in which the vowels serve mainly to indicate grammatical or similar changes), were clearly suitable for the creation of a consonantal alphabet.