PRI's The World Published by PRI's The World There's a convincing theory that illiterate miners invented the alphabet Listen Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/726565/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Who invented the alphabet? Here’s a maverick theory.