Definitions

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  • adj. Not alphabetic.

Etymologies

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non- +‎ alphabetic

Examples

  • In 1979, China officially added the Pinyin alphabet, based on the Latin alphabet, to its existing nonalphabetic writing options.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Hittite was written on clay tablets using a nonalphabetic writing system: cuneiform.

    The English Is Coming!

  • It’s interesting to remember that, of the world’s nine most-spoken languages, Chinese is the only one to employ a nonalphabetic writing system.

    The English Is Coming!

  • In this one enchanting instance, let’s see how Indo-Europeanists have used their full kit of nonalphabetic symbols.2 The root for “star” is reconstructed as *h2ster-, which looks scary, but it tells an amazing tale about how prehistoric speakers of PIE viewed stars.

    The English Is Coming!

  • s, or that I have written the last page and a half in an interesting but unfortunately nonalphabetic font called Wingdings, but otherwise I haven't the faintest idea what those buttons are there for.

    I'm A Stranger Here Myself

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