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The Aramaic Alphabet

Virtually all modern Indian and Middle Eastern writing systems—as well as some from East and Southeast Asia—use a script that can be traced back to the Aramaic alphabet. Aramaic's influence on these writing systems can be attributed to its position as the official language of the Persian Empire and as the lingua franca—common language used among people of different mother tongues—of the Fertile Crescent. In the Aramaic alphabet, every character is a consonant. How are vowels formed?

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The Aramaic Alphabet

Virtually all modern Indian and Middle Eastern writing systems—as well as some from East and Southeast Asia—use a script that can be traced back to the Aramaic alphabet. Aramaic's influence on these writing systems can be attributed to its position as the official language of the Persian Empire and as the lingua franca—common language used among people of different mother tongues—of the Fertile Crescent. In the Aramaic alphabet, every character is a consonant. How are vowels formed?

Last updated on Tuesday, 15th May 2018

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