acrophony


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ac·ro·phon·ic

 (ăk′rə-fŏn′ĭk)
adj.
1. Relating to an alphabet in which the names of the letters are represented by a word beginning with that letter or with the sound that letter represents, as when bravo, charlie represent the letters b, c.
2. Relating to an alphabet in which the letters derive from pictographs that represent a word beginning with the sound that the letter represents, such as the early alphabet of Canaanites from which the Greek, Roman, and Hebrew alphabets descend.

a·croph′o·ny (ə-krŏf′ə-nē) n.

acrophony

(əˈkrɒfənɪ)
n
the use of symbols to represent sounds
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Noun1.acrophony - naming a letter of the alphabet by using a word whose initial sound is the sound represented by that letter
naming - the verbal act of naming; "the part he failed was the naming of state capitals"
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The alphabet was derived by means of acrophony from the Egyptian images of hieroglyphs, but most likely without any phonological or semantic input from the Egyptian language and script: simply put, the hieroglyphs provided the idea to the illiterate miners, who could not read the hieroglyphs, to develop a writing system of their own for the Canaanite language (Goldwasser 2011).