The Armenian Alphabet

The Armenian alphabet is extremely different from all others. The letters have a completely different spelling. The Armenian people throughout the centuries had a language, culture, songs and epics, but had no written language.

All information was passed by word of mouth. The Armenian alphabet that has come down to us was created by the priest Saint Mesrop Mashtots in 405 AD. And in 406 A.D. 3 more letters (և,օ,ֆ) were added and for more than 1600 years the Armenian alphabet has existed without changes.

Today’s Armenian Alphabet

After the creation of the Armenian script, St. Mesrop Mashtots had students who later spread the alphabet throughout Armenia. Letters in the Armenian alphabet have a modern and an old form of reading. You need to understand that all educated people at that time were Church servants and the old reading of the letters is a prayer. The Armenian language is completely unique, it belongs to the Indo-European family of languages ​​and stands out as a separate branch.

Self-name: հայերեն (hɑjɛˈɾɛn)
Status: safe
Glottolog: arme1241 and nucl1235
WALS: arm, arw and arz

Best regards, Yulia


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