Local Scripts
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Τhe Greeks took the Phoenician alphabet and adapted it to their needs. Τhey gave to five Phoenician letters the value of the vowels of their language, and added at the end of the alphabet the letters Φ, Χ, Ψ; this addition was not made simultaneously by all the Greeks. The adoption of the alphabet b…

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Angelos P. Matthaiou, “Local Scripts”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000020>
First published online: 2013

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