'This was the period, about three months after she had commenced, that the first report of her case was made, in which it was stated that "she has just learned the manual alphabet, as used by the deaf mutes, and it is a subject of delight and wonder to see how rapidly, correctly, and eagerly, she goes on with her labours.
'The whole of the succeeding year was passed in gratifying her eager inquiries for the names of every object which she could possibly handle; in exercising her in the use of the manual alphabet; in extending in every possible way her knowledge of the physical relations of things; and in proper care of her health.
'"When left alone, she seems very happy if she have her knitting or sewing, and will busy herself for hours; if she have no occupation, she evidently amuses herself by imaginary dialogues, or by recalling past impressions; she counts with her fingers, or spells out names of things which she has recently learned, in the manual alphabet of the deaf mutes.
'"During the year she has attained great dexterity in the use of the manual alphabet of the deaf mutes; and she spells out the words and sentences which she knows, so fast and so deftly, that only those accustomed to this language can follow with the eye the rapid motions of her fingers.
Few scholars would have disliked teaching the alphabet
under such circumstances.
Bazin did more than bound; he let fall both his alphabet
and his ferule.
Reverting to the letters of the alphabet
, let me call him Mr.
The men answered to their names as he ran down the alphabet
However often she told herself that she must not get irritable when teaching her nephew, almost every time that, pointer in hand, she sat down to show him the French alphabet
, she so longed to pour her own knowledge quickly and easily into the child- who was already afraid that Auntie might at any moment get angry- that at his slightest inattention she trembled, became flustered and heated, raised her voice, and sometimes pulled him by the arm and put him in the corner.
Nevertheless, if the desire possesses you of putting yourself under discipline at your age, and of deciphering the formidable alphabet of the sages, come to me; 'tis well, I will make the effort.
But, first of all, I will make you read, one after the other, the marble letters of the alphabet, the granite pages of the book.
Thus N, shall signify a plot; B, a regiment of horse; L, a fleet at sea; or, secondly, by transposing the letters of the alphabet
in any suspected paper, they can lay open the deepest designs of a discontented party.
Consequently, Nature herself supplies us with an ascending scale or Alphabet
of angles for half a degree up to 60 degrees, Specimens of which are placed in every Elementary School throughout the land.
Thus the evidence from forms attested in Egyptian script and in the Greek alphabet
supports the reconstruction of a larger consonantal inventory in the West Semitic languages in the second millennium B.C.(38) This explanation strengthens our suppositions about the priority of the linear long alphabets
, northwestern and southern; the secondary character of the short alphabets
, linear and cuneiform, becomes more clearly apparent.
The most elegant solution would utilize just three complete alphabets
(a total of 78 letters), with the letters of the three alphabets
being distinguished from one another (i.e., rendered "unique") by being written in different forms.