What would happen if there was no alphabet?
We would have no books, no writings, no languages--nothing basically. We'd be primitive people. There'd be no movies or tv shows, because there would be no way of writing scripts. There'd be no labels or directions. Honeycomb cereal would just be a yellow box with no name. It would be a disaster! ;)
If you are asking what it means, it refers to an alphabet that has been replaced by a newer alphabet. If you are asking for an example: The Turkish alphabet was written with Arabic letters prior to 1927. Then it switched over to the Latin alphabet. The Arabic version would be considered the "Former" alphabet of Turkish.
There is no letter that is in every alphabet in the world. Compare the English alphabet and the Hebrew alphabet. What letter in the English alphabet is also in the Hebrew alphabet? There is none. Therefore, as these two alphabets have no letter in common, there can be no letter that is in every alphabet in the world, otherwise we would see evidence of this in the simple comparison shown above.
The ancient Phoenicians developed 30 signs to create the Semitic alphabet in 1600 BC. This alphabet is considered to be the foundation of almost all alphabets that would follow. The Greeks developed their own version of this alphabet in 1000 BC to create the Ionic alphabet. Later, the Romans adapted this to form their alphabet. This alphabet reached England in the 5th century. Almost 100 other languages were ultimately developed from the Roman alphabet.
Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs do not have an alphabet. An alphabet is a common western european convention, but some languages do not have vowels, and thus are not considered alphabets. Another curiosity is that not all languages have different glyphs for 'capital' and 'lower case' letters. We have a Morse alphabet without a written companion. Musical script would be considered by some to be a written language for its art, but would not be thought of…
The alphabet is a mixture. THE WORD "ALPHABET": The word is from the Latin alphabetum, which came from the Greek alphabetos, a mixture of the names of the Greek letters alpha (Α, α) and beta (Β β). These were the first two letters of the Phoenician alphabet, meaning ox and house. THE ALPHABET: The alphabet contains various input from various cultures and previous writing systems; such would qualify an alphabet as a mixture. CONCLUSION: The…
Shakespeare only used 1 alphabet: the English alphabet, derived from the Latin alphabet. That means that he did not use the Arabic alphabet, the Greek alphabet, the Cyrillic alphabet, the Hebrew alphabet, the Sanskrit alphabet, Chinese characters, or Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics, to name but a few.