Wednesday, February 16, 2011

18A - The Syllable RI : Origins of Writing in Western Civilization and the Kaulins Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance (MinAegCon™): A Syllabic Grid of Mycenaean Greek Linear B Script, the Cypriot Syllabary, the Phaistos Disk, two Old Elamite Scripts, the Inscription on the Axe of Arkalochori, and Comparable Signs from Sumerian Pictographs and Egyptian Hieroglyphs

This is posting 18A in this series (which started here), and presents a small correction of the syllabic grid for the Syllable RI which was originally presented in posting 18 of this series. Here we have added a Syllable RI to the Old Elamite Script syllabary where we had no sign before at all for this syllable for Elamite. This sign is very similar to the Cypriot Syllabary sign and its syllabic value was obtained by the fortuitous identification of an archaic word on one of the Old Elamite sources as παστήριαta "feast on sacrificial meats" in connection with a funerary text for King Labynetus.

Each syllable is presented in its own posting.

There is first a scan of a "syllabic" table excerpt from the original Microsoft Word manuscript -- the links there are not clickable because it is one image.

That image is followed by the original text -- the links there are clickable -- but you can not see the Aegean Fonts or images embedded in Microsoft Word, as these do not resolve in Blogger, so you will see some "filler" material. After I get all the syllables online, I will clean up the individual pages by making images of the various signs and uploading them to eliminate the current text resolution deficiencies, but it is a massive amount of tedious extra graphics work, so I am not doing it right now, as it is not essential for online purposes. One can see the full grid for the syllable on the scanned image.

The Syllable RI in the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance (by Andis Kaulins)

RI rhy

Most of the signs are a
container for fluids,
while the Phaistos Disk
has a sign I mistook 30
years ago for a plant
leaf but which is actually
a plant root, a rhizome,
ίζωμα viz. the
simpler Greek ιζόω
“to plant, strike root”.
Cypriot syllabary:
(Must RI and
RO values, not
the signs as
placed, be
exchanged in
the Cypriotic?)
Linear B


on a
Phaistos Disk

Mistaken as a plant leaf but actually a
plant root,
No similar sign on Axe

For Linear B, the current
"The r-series includes ...
the /r/ and /l/
phonemes: ti-ri-po for
tripos (τρίπος) & tu-ri-so
for Tuliso (Τυλισός)."
That view is clearly
incorrect. Both /R/ and
/L/ phonemes existed in
Linear B.

Ag. Triada

“conical oil

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