Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported primarily by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2016 Fund Drive.

Media: Liberty Post:: Ancient Alphabet Found

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
Anthropological Linguistics

Media Body: The Liberty Post Nov 9, 2005
Source: The New York TImes

A Is for Ancient, Describing an Alphabet Found Near Jerusalem

By John Noble Wilford

In the 10th century B.C., in the hill country south of Jerusalem, a scribe
carved his A B C's on a limestone boulder - actually, his
aleph-beth-gimel's, for the string of letters appears to be an early
rendering of the emergent Hebrew alphabet.

Archaeologists digging in July at the site, Tel Zayit, found the inscribed
stone in the wall of an ancient building. After an analysis of the layers
of ruins, the discoverers concluded that this was the earliest known
specimen of the Hebrew alphabet and an important benchmark in the history
of writing, they said this week.

http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=116258

Karen Chung

http://ccms.ntu.edu.tw/~karchung/
http://lists.topica.com/lists/phonetics/
Issue Number: 16.3360
Date Posted: November 18, 2005