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I am looking for a text or book that discusses the history of the English alphabet, as in, how the shapes of the alphabet came to be, why certain sounds are associated with certain letters, and how the ordering of the alphabet came to be, and other topics. If this is not the right stack exchange for this question, then it should be migrated to another stack exchange.

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  • Most of it we stole directly from Latin. – Peter Shor Dec 16 '20 at 18:50
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    Probly the best single source is the section in David Crystal's Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. He provides full information on each letter, in turn, along with lots of other information, not restricted to the alphabet. It's a book that should be in every Anglophone classroom in the world, imo. – John Lawler Dec 16 '20 at 18:50
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    ... this kind of question is more for Meta.ELU.SE – Mitch ... and Crystal's The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language are listed among the reference works. – Edwin Ashworth Dec 16 '20 at 19:03
  • I have seen their history in David Crystals Spell it out – Decapitated Soul Dec 16 '20 at 21:00
  • Wikipedia is always a good start: History of the Alphabet. Lots of colorful diagrams too. – Mitch Dec 17 '20 at 14:07
  • chart of the evolution, also lots of picture](google.com/search?q=history+of+the+alphabet) if you look at 'Images' – Mitch Dec 17 '20 at 14:17

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