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I can give some background information of why it might have happened. A state-by-state answer is however beyond me. Firstly, it is important to understand that alphabets are rarely a perfect match for a language. Alphabets provide symbols for the phonemes that make up a language. However, each language uses different phonemes. The closest you can get to a ...


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This is basically a legacy of the Roman Empire, which conquered most of Western Europe and ruled it for centuries, and then of the Christian Church, which established Latin as a lingua franca where it dominated. The notable exception is Greek, which the Romans regarded as a language of culture (much as European culture regarded Latin until recent decades). ...


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