12. Alphabet


See also 236. LANGUAGE ; 383. SPELLING ; 428. WRITING .

abecedarian, abecedary
a teacher or learner of an alphabet.
abecedarium
an alphabet.
alphabetarian
a person who is learning the alphabet.
alphabetics
the science of alphabets.
alphabetism
the representation of the sounds of speech in consistent graphic form.
alphabetology
the study or science of alphabets. — alphabetologist, n .
analphabetic
1. unable to read or write.
2. descriptive of a language written without an alphabet; that is, with a syllabary (Cherokee), in hieroglyphics (ancient Egyptian), in ideograms (Chinese) , or in pictograms (American Indian).
charactery
1. a system of symbols used to represent ideas.
2. expression by means of such symbols.
graphemics
the study of written symbols or combinations of symbols representing letters of the alphabet or single phonems.
literalism
the practice or theory of following the letter or literal sense of something written. — literalist, n .
metagraphy
the art of transliteration. — metagraphic, adj .
transliteration
the spelling of a word in one language with the alphabet of another language.

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