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Proto-Canaanite is the name given to
- (a) the Proto-Sinaitic script when found in Canaan.
- (b) the early Phoenician script before some cut-off date, typically 1050 BCE. The Phoenician, Hebrew, and other Canaanite dialects were largely indistinguishable before that time.
- (c) a hypothetical ancestor of the Phoenician script, with an undefined affinity to Proto-Sinaitic.
In the case of (c), Proto-Canaanite is generally assumed to have been pictographic, but no such script is attested, and illustrations of it are modern inventions.
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