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.

  • Most of it we stole directly from Latin. Dec 16, 2020 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. Dec 16, 2020 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. Dec 16, 2020 at 19:03
  • I have seen their history in David Crystals Spell it out Dec 16, 2020 at 21:00
  • Wikipedia is always a good start: History of the Alphabet. Lots of colorful diagrams too.
    – Mitch
    Dec 17, 2020 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, 2020 at 14:17


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