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How was the alphabet created?

The alphabet is often described as a European achievement linked with Semitic languages of the Mediterranean: Phoenician,
Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, Latin. This study explores a much larger picture that includes all of Eurasia, with Slavic roots in
pre-history, and Sanskrit providing a model for Indo-European and other language families.

Alphabet letters, now considered abstract signs, began as cosmograms and
elements to explain stories of the skies, creation and life.

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Kim H. Veltman

Kim H. Veltman, Scientific Director of the Virtual Maastricht McLuhan Institute (VMMI) is a scholar, author and consultant on implications of new media for scholarship, culture and society.

His focus has been on Leonardo, perspective, new media and alphabets. For the past 40 years, he has lectured in five languages on the five continents on possibilities and dangers of new media with respect to cultural and historical dimensions of knowledge organization, semantics and multiple models of culture.

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Alphabets, Elements and Cosmologies Abstract

This article explores links between alphabets, elements and cosmological systems. The word ‘alphabet’ is generally said to derive from Alpha, Beta. Part one offers a close reading of the letters in alphabet and reveals connections with Sanskrit roots. Part two explores links between alphabets, especially vowels, elements and cosmologies.

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Alphabets, Myth and Tourism

Alphabets, Myths and Tourism, First International Workshop. Human-Computer Interaction, Tourism and Cultural Heritage (HCITOCH 2010), Brescello, 7-9 September 2010, Bergamo: Blue Herons, 2010, pp. 1-6.

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Alphabets of Life. Introduction

The alphabet is often described as a European achievement linked with Semitic languages of the Mediterranean: Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, Latin. This study explores a much larger picture that includes all of Eurasia, with Slavic roots in pre-history, and Sanskrit providing a model for Indo-European and other language families.

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