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Greek writing from Knossos to Homer: a linguistic interpretation of the origin of the Greek alphabet and the continuity of ancient Greek literacy

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Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer examines the origin of the Greek alphabet. Departing from previous accounts, Roger Woodard places the advent of the alphabet within an unbroken continuum of Greek literacy beginning in the Mycenean era. He argues that the creators of the Greek alphabet, who adapted the Phoenician consonantal script, were scribes accustomed to writing Greek with the syllabic script of Cyprus. Certain characteristic features of the Cypriot script--for example, its strategy for representing consonant sequences and elements of Cypriot Greek phonology--were transferred to the new alphabetic script. Proposing a Cypriot origin of the alphabet at the hands of previously literate adapters brings clarity to various problems of the alphabet, such as the Greek use of the Phoenician sibilant letters. The alphabet, rejected by the post- Bronze Age "Mycenaean" culture of Cyprus, was exported west to the Aegean, where it gained a foothold among a then illiterate Greek people emerging from the Dark Age.
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Alfabetten
Alphabe?tisation -- Gre?ce -- Histoire
Alphabétisation -- Grèce -- Histoire
Communication e?crite -- Gre?ce -- Histoire
Communication écrite -- Grèce -- Histoire
Electronic book
Electronic books
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY -- Ancient Languages
Grec (Langue) -- Alphabet
Grec (Langue) -- E?criture
Grec (Langue) -- Écriture
Grec (Langue) -- Grec e?crit
Grec (Langue) -- Grec écrit
Greece
Greek language -- Alphabet
Greek language -- Writing
Greek language -- Written Greek
Grieks
History
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LÍNGUA GREGA
Langage et culture -- Gre?ce -- Histoire
Langage et culture -- Grèce -- Histoire
Language and culture
Language and culture -- Greece -- History
Literacy
Literacy -- Greece -- History
Schrift
Written communication
Written communication -- Greece -- History
title_displayGreek writing from Knossos to Homer : a linguistic interpretation of the origin of the Greek alphabet and the continuity of ancient Greek literacy
title_fullGreek writing from Knossos to Homer : a linguistic interpretation of the origin of the Greek alphabet and the continuity of ancient Greek literacy / Roger D. Woodard
Greek writing from Knossos to Homer [electronic resource] : a linguistic interpretation of the origin of the Greek alphabet and the continuity of ancient Greek literacy / Roger D. Woodard
title_shortGreek writing from Knossos to Homer
title_suba linguistic interpretation of the origin of the Greek alphabet and the continuity of ancient Greek literacy
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Alfabetten
Alphabe?tisation
Alphabet
Alphabétisation
Ancient Languages
Communication e?crite
Communication écrite
E?criture
Écriture
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY
Grec (Langue)
Grec e?crit
Grec écrit
Greek language
Grieks
Histoire
History
LI?NGUA GREGA
LÍNGUA GREGA
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Literacy
Schrift
Writing
Written Greek
Written communication