Thursday, February 10, 2011

41 - The Syllable TU : 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 41st posting in this series (which started here), and presents the Syllable TU 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 TU in the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance (by Andis Kaulins)
TU
“burn slowly, consume
in smoke”
The Linear B sign may
show a plant (pod) used
to make candlewicks. A
wick was called
Greece according to
Woodhouse. Wicks
were made from plants
such as the plantain,
Plantago crassifolia,
or from varieties of
(“Aaron's rod", mullein
or common mullein).
λυχντις is another term for candlewick in
Ancient Greece.
Cypriot
syllabary:



For TU see DU,
where the
Cypriot sign
better fits.



One should
note that the
Cypriot
Syllabary
allegedly did
not distinguish
T, D and TH
syllables,
but I reserve
judgment on
that for now.
Linear B
(69)
TU


“burn slowly,
consume in
smoke”

Candlewicks
were
made of the
plant
verbascum
which grows
on Crete.
Phaistos Disk
no similar sign

Sumerian
had no “O”, but maybe a
dipthonged
UO vowel?
The original
system thus
had only four
vowels per
consonant,
also on the
Phaistos Disk,
which shows
its great
antiquity –
preceding
the more
modern
Linear B.
No comparable Axe sign
__________

Thumb of verbascum
clipped from
Verbascum thapsus L.
No Elamite
sign known
yet

Thumb of
________
For
Sumerian &
Egyptian cf.
Indo-
European
e.g Latvian
DEG
“to burn”
DEGLIS
“wick”
Sumerian
DE3
“fire, flame”
but see also
TAKA
Halloran: “to
start a fire”

Egyptian

tKA
“candle”

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