Alphabet Soup

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Somewrittenlanguagesdeveloped writtenform.Ittooktwelveyearsfor sofarbackinthepastthatnoone Sequoyahtocreatethe“Syllabary.”Its knowshowtheycameabout.However, 85symbolsstandforsyllables,not wedoknowtheoriginsofseveralof individualsounds.TheSyllabarywas themoremodernwritingsystems. completedby1821.In1827the Hangulisthenativealphabetused CherokeePhoenixwaspublishedusing towritetheKoreanlanguage.Itismore Sequoyah’ssymbols.ThePhoenixwas thanfivehundredyearsold.The thefirstnewspaperpublishedina developmentofHangulwas NativeAmericanlanguageinthe commandedandsupervisedbyKing UnitedStates. SejongtheGreat.Atthattime,the LouisBrailleofFranceinventedan Koreanlanguagehadacomplicated alphabetforlanguagesthatalreadyhad writingsystembasedonChinese awrittenform.Hisalphabetwas symbols.Thissystemtookalotoftime designedtobereadwiththefingers, tolearn,becauseithadhundredsof nottheeyes.Braillelosthissightina symbolsratherthananalphabet. childhoodaccidentin1812.He Farmersandotherworkingpeople attendedaschoolfortheblindinParis. didn’thavethetimeortheopportunity Thestudentsweretaughttoreadby tolearnthecomplexsetofsymbols.In feelingenormouslettersraisedoffthe fact,onlymalesoftherulingclasswere page.Thissystemwasveryawkward. taughthowtoreadandwrite.King Therewasnowayforablindpersonto SejongbelievedthatKoreaneededa writewiththissystem.Also,thebooks writingsystemthateveryonecould werehugeandheavyandcostlyto learn.Hangul,whichhasonly produce,sotherewereveryfewbooks 24basicletters,filledthatneed. availableforblindpeopletoread. TheCherokeealphabetwas By1829,LouisBraillehadcreated inventedbyoneman,Sequoyah.When andpublishedanalphabetandnumber theEnglish,French,Spanish,andother systemmadeentirelyofraiseddotsin Europeansfirstcametowhatisnow differentcombinations.Nowanyblind theUnitedStatesinthe1500s, personcouldlearntoreadeasilyand hundredsofNativeAmerican quicklyandcouldalsolearntowrite. languageswerespokenthere.Yet,sofar Additionally,thesesimplesymbols asweknow,nonewerewrittendown. madeitmucheasierforbooksforthe Allculture,knowledge,andhistory blindtobemassproduced.This werepasseddownorally.Sequoyah writtenlanguagesoonbecameusedfor wasbornsometimeinthe1770s.He spokenlanguagesallovertheworld. believedthatinordertopreservethe ItwasnamedBrailleafteritsyoung Cherokeelanguage,itmusthavea inventor. ™ ©AdvancedAssessmentSystems/LinkIt!Duplicationisrestrictedtolicenseesonly.

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