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Armenian alphabet

NameArmenian alphabet
Հայկական Այբուբեն
Time405 to present
Fam1modeled on Greek
Fam2possibly Pahlavi and Syriac influences
CreatorSaint Mesrob, Vramshapuh the king of Armenia at that time (405 or 406),
Sahak Partev the Patriarch of Armenia
SampleArmenian alphabet.svg
Image Size256px

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The Armenian alphabet is an alphabet that has been used to write the Armenian language since the year 405 or 406. It was devised by Saint Mesrop Mashtots, an Armenian linguist and ecclesiastical leader, and contained originally 36 letters. Two more letters, օ and ֆ, were added in the Middle Ages. Until the 19th century, Classical Armenian was the literary language; since then, the Armenian alphabet has been used to write the two official literary dialects of Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian. The Armenian word for "alphabet" is (-hyɑjbubɛn), named after the first two letters of the Armenian alphabet and . Its directionality is horizontal left-to-right, like the Latin, Greek and Cyrillic alphabets.

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