‘Oh bother!’, ‘I could have drawn shi quite easily,’ Taffy went on. Derived from the North Semitic alphabet, the Greek alphabet was modified to make it more efficient and accurate for writing a non-Semitic language. 'I'll show,' said her Daddy. Taffy, dear, I've a notion that your Daddy's daughter has hit upon the finest thing that there ever was since the Tribe of Tegumai took to using shark's teeth instead of flints for their spear-heads. 'Besides, you're getting tired, Taffy. I might be miles away, hunting, and still--'. They turned the hissy-snake the other way round for the Z-sound, to show it was hissing backwards in a soft and gentle way (23); and they just made a twiddle for E, because it came into the pictures so often (24); and they drew pictures of the sacred Beaver of the Tegumais for the B-sound (25, 26, 27, 28); and because it was a nasty, nosy noise, they just drew noses for the N-sound, till they were tired (29); and they drew a picture of the big lake-pike’s mouth for the greedy Ga-sound (30); and they drew the pike’s mouth again with a spear behind it for the scratchy, hurty Ka-sound (31); and they drew pictures of a little bit of the winding Wagai river for the nice windy-windy Wa-sound (32, 33); and so on and so forth and so following till they had done and drawn all the sound-pictures that they wanted, and there was the Alphabet, all complete. How the Alphabet Was Made (Just So Stories) 'But we don't want all those teeth: only put two. All the Tribe of Tegumai brought their most precious beads and beautiful things, and Taffy and Tegumai spent five whole years getting the necklace in order. ‘That’s beautiful,’ she said. And we’re the first people in all the world who’ve ever tried to do it, Taffimai!’, ‘Well,’ said Taffy, yawning, for she was rather tired. ', 'We didn't do anything,' said Taffy. ‘That’s enough for to-day,’ said Tegumai. La!’ said Tegumai, waiving his stick and frowning. ', 'So it does,' said Tegumai. Alpha Beta: how our alphabet shaped the western world. (Daddies didn't mind doing those things in those days.) THE week after Taffimai Metallumai (we will still call her Taffy, Best Beloved) made that little mistake about her Daddy's spear and the Stranger-man and the picture-letter and all, she went carp-fishing again with her Daddy. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ‘Why, it’s just like the round-egg-sound made thin.’, ‘Then s’pose we draw a thin round egg, and pretend it’s a frog that hasn’t eaten anything for years.’, ‘N-no,’ said her Daddy. We must draw a spotty snake that hisses sh-sh, and we’ll play that the plain snake only hisses ssss.’, ‘I couldn’t be sure how to put in the spots,’ said Taffy. 'Eh, what?' Shu-ya means rain, or "it is going to rain." 'You draw it, Daddy. ', 'Oh bother!' Copyright © 2006—2021 by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of South Florida. SO means “come and have dinner,” but sho means the drying-poles where we hang our hides.’, ‘Horrid old drying-poles!’ said Taffy. 'And I told it you without saying a word, didn't I? 'It was Mummy and the other Neolithic ladies--and the mud. (7. 'Not yet,' said Tegumai; 'not till we've gone a little further. ', Taffy took a marrow-bone and sat mousy-quiet for ten whole minutes, while her Daddy scratched on pieces of birch-bark with a shark's tooth. Draw it separate. (5.). ‘Don’t you remember how the Head Chief puffed out his cheeks, and how funny the nice Stranger-man looked with the mud in his hair?’, ‘Well do I,’ said Tegumai. But the history of the phonetic alphabet that pilots (and many of the rest of us) use to clarify speech is very much rooted in aviation. Try Storytel How the Alphabet Was Made. Presently she began to giggle, and her Daddy said, ‘Don’t be silly, child.’, ‘But wasn’t it inciting!’ said Taffy. 'I meant I was thinking, and didn't want to be disturbed. So'd Mummy. said Taffy, and her eyes shone too with incitement. How the Alphabet was Made (1902) - From “Just So Stories,” the only … Yo is bad water, but So is food cooked on the fire, isn’t it?’ And he drew this. ', 'We won't talk about that,' said her Daddy, 'Let's have lunch. If I’d only thought of that instead of drawing silly beaver pictures for the Stranger!’, ‘La! Their alphabet looked a bit like this, it's a fair bit shorter and there are no vowels. 'It's very like the carp-fish-mouth noise. No! We’ll open a little hole at the end of the round egg to show how the O-noise runs out all thin, ooo-oo-oo. Do say ah, Daddy, and keep your mouth open at the end, and lend me that tooth. (17. ''Course I wouldn't drink that water because I'd know you said it was bad. And he drew. They found that these sounds could be represented in only 22 symbols and their various combinations. 'No. Most or nearly all alphabetic scripts used throughout the world today ultimately go back to this Semitic proto-alphabet. HE week after Taffimai Metallumai (we will still call her Taffy, Best Beloved) made that little mistake about her Daddy's spear and the Stranger-man and the picture-letter and all, she went carp- fishing again with her Daddy. It's very like our drying-poles, anyhow,' said her Daddy, laughing. The modern Hebrew alphabet started … Daddy's just as good as come here himself and told me to get more water for Mummy to cook with.' ', 'Ah! The history of alphabetic writing goes back to the consonantal writing system used for Semitic languages in the Levant in the 2nd millennium BCE. Reading Comprehension: How the Alphabet Was Made. But this las is a teaser. We’ve got shu-ya all right, haven’t we? 'And p'raps if you were in a hurry you might leave them out, and I'd think it was so when it was sho, and then Mummy would catch me just the same. 'Why, Daddy, it's raining. Yer- yer-yer and ah! 'You mean all sharp at the edges, like this?' The Hebrew alphabet is a development from the Aramaic alphabet taking place during the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman periods (c. 500 BCE – 50 CE). ), ‘’Xactly,’ said Taffy. I’m going to draw a carp-fish’s mouth wide-open.’, ‘Don’t you see?’ said Taffy, scratching away on the bark. When you draw a hissy-snake by the door of your little back-cave where you mend the spears, I’ll know you’re thinking hard; and I’ll come in most mousy-quiet. By the beginning of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom (a few years after 2000 B.C.E. While the utility of the system made it attractive, the cultural power of the traditional writing systems prevented its diffusion among the active scribal classes. ‘That’s quite easy,’ she said, scratching on the bark. ), ‘Carp-tail and round egg. Prev Story The Crab That Played with the Sea. 'Sides, I think I can draw tails easiest,' said Taffy. As they answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions, your students will prove that they understand what they read! 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