[b-hebrew] Why Semitic languages had no written vowels?

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Wed May 4 12:05:21 EDT 2005

Where was writing first used? Was it stone inscriptions, or was it pen on leather? If the latter, the lack of dots had more to do with the shape of the letters which 
discouraged the use of dots, than with the writing instruments used.

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Sujata <shevaroys at yahoo.com>
> Would the writing implements used in ancient times
> have had anything to do with the missing vowels? I
> recall reading long time ago that some ancient
> languages did not use the dots which were part of
> their alphabets because of the difficulty in putting
> these in stone inscriptions.
> Best wishes,
> Sujata
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