Good question. An alphabet is a set of letters or symbols used to write languages. In an alphabet, letters represent the sounds within the spoken language.
A "true alphabet" has both vowels (a sound pronounced with an open vocal tract) and consonants (where there is closure of the vocal tract).
Alphabets usually contain their letters in a specific order. This makes them useful for ordering written information (collation) by allowing us to sort words in alphabetical order. It also lets us use letters as a alternative to numerical ordering systems.
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