Saturday, February 05, 2011

29 - The Syllable MI : 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 the 29th posting in this series (which started here), and presents the Syllable MI in the Syllabic Grid. 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 MI in the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance (by Andis Kaulins)
Syllabic Value of
the Sign (Symbol)

Linear B
(Ventris etc.)
Axe of Arkalochori
(Kaulins) - if there is
no similar sign, space
is used for comments
or Egyptian
Some signs show vessels
or containers. Greek
μφορέα amphora or
μόργος leather vessel
a pouch to carry infants.

Elamite and Sumerian
seem to use a concept
of “dark” for their signs.

The Phaistos Disk has
both concepts in a dark
“shaded “ vase so the
terms for dark and vase
should be similar.
Cypriot syllabary
A vessel on the

In the
Cypriot signs,
the horizontal
line below
seems to mean
"earth", i.e. the
Linear B
pouch, wine
harvest basket
see also Grape
Phaistos Disk

No comparable Axe sign
Sumerian and Elamite
have a varied concept
for this syllable. For
comparison I thus add
here also Sumerian
vat” “bag” “amphora
MA-SÁ basket
Cf. Latvian maiss ”sack”
muca “cask, vat, barrel”
murds “fish basket”






“night, dark,
black (in that

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