The grammar begins with an overview of the history and culture of Ugarit, including brief accounts of the discovery and identification of the site, the decipherment of the alphabetic script
, the discovery of particular collections of tablets and of the abecedaries and other scripts and languages, the types of Ugaritic texts, the history and geography of the kingdom, and the language and writing system.
21) One could suspect Greek influence, but Greek influence cannot explain the precise notation of vowel length in Brahmi, and it would have failed to promote a true alphabetic script
Was it a demonstration that it is the possible to write alphabetic script
on durable writing material?
At the start of this period one finds a two-fold use of writing: syllabic Babylonian cuneiform used for imperial, bureaucratic purposes and linear alphabetic scripts
used for little more than marking property.
Letter imperfect A study found that different brain disturbances underlie impaired reading of alphabetic scripts
, such as English, and non-alphabetic scripts
, such as Chinese (166: 148).
A left brain region already implicated in decoding alphabetic scripts
exhibited particularly low blood flow, suggesting reduced neural activity, in those with dyslexia.
In this regard, what is particularly interesting about the Tamil-Brahmi system, especially the TB-I variety, is how, though not an alphabet in the full sense of the term, it incorporates among its basic features one of the fundamental characteristics of true alphabets, namely a set of graphs representing vowelless consonants; that is to say, it contains graphs that represent phonemes rather than syllables, which is normally thought to be a defining characteristic of "true" alphabetic scripts