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Why arent the letters C F J Q V W and Y in the Greek alphabet?


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Greeks today dropped: digamma, stigma, heta, yot, san, koppa, sampi, sho:

q, called koppa, is originally part of the greek alphabet, though it was not used by the attic dialect which became the standard; likewise f, the digamma, was extinct in attic writing, although it continued to affect the pronunciation of many words; y was and is still in the greek alphabet; as for c - that was the latin form of the greek k; j is a mediaeval european adaptation of latin i; the v-sound did not occur in greek until late, and the letter b is used for it; and w is a very late, northern adaptation of consonantal u.