The two main modern forms of Armenian emerged during the 19th century when the traditional Armenian homeland was divided between the Russian and Ottoman Empires.
He used this model to come up with a new alphabet, which he presented to the king when he returned to Armenia in AD.
Spellings of words must necessarily be learned, as one consequence. Bolorgir, or "cursive", was invented in the 10th century and became popular in the 13th. They criticize some aspects of the reforms see the footnotes of the chart and allege political motives behind them.
In Russian language education was reintroduced in Armenia [ source ].
Philostratus the Athenian , a sophist of the second and third centuries CE, wrote: And they say that a leopardess was once caught in Pamphylia which was wearing a chain round its neck, and the chain was of gold, and on it was inscribed in Armenian lettering: "The king Arsaces to the Nysian god". Armenian shows some similarities to both. The two main modern forms of Armenian emerged during the 19th century when the traditional Armenian homeland was divided between the Russian and Ottoman Empires. Koriwn notes that Mashtots was told of the existence of ancient Armenian letters which he was initially trying to integrate into his own alphabet. The new alphabet was well-received and a new Armenian translation of the bible was published in AD. Possible antecedents[ edit ] One of the classical accounts about the existence of an Armenian alphabet  before Mashtots comes from Philo of Alexandria 20 BCE — 50 CE , who in his writings notes that the work of the Greek philosopher and historian Metrodorus of Scepsis ca. He used this model to come up with a new alphabet, which he presented to the king when he returned to Armenia in AD. Use for other languages[ edit ] For about years, from the early 18th century until around , more than 2, books in the Turkish language were printed using the Armenian alphabet. Notrgir, or "minuscule", invented initially for speed, was extensively used in the Armenian diaspora in the 16th to 18th centuries, and later became popular in printing. An American correspondent in Marash in calls the alphabet "Armeno-Turkish", describing it as consisting of 31 Armenian letters and "infinitely superior" to the Arabic or Greek alphabets for rendering Turkish.
To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding. Western Armenian developed among Armenians who had moved to Constantinople, while Eastern Armenian developed among Armenians living in Tbilisi in Georgia.
Before then, Armenian had been written with 'cuneiform' scripts, which was deemed unsuitable for religious works by the Armenian Church.
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