Monday, February 21, 2011

64 - The Syllables ZI and ZO: 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 64th posting in this series (which started here), and presents the Syllables ZI and ZO 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 Syllables ZI and ZO in the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance (by Andis Kaulins)

ZI [the existence of
ZO is questioned]
χέω “ flow, go, run”
χεμα “flow, stream,
casting (metal), molten”
θέω "run (Is θέω
derived from χέω in
Mycenaen Greek?)
In Ancient Greek, θ was
an aspirated voiceless
dental plosive /t̪ʰ/. In
Modern Greek it is the
voiceless dental fricative
/θ/ (as 'th' in “thing”).
Sumerian had no “O”,so
ZI or ZU roots must be
sought. Indeed, I doubt
the existence of a ZO
syllable in Mycenaean
Greek. Classical Greek
has few  words starting
with either ZI or ZO and
words beginning with Zi
or ZO for Linear B in
current transliteration.


χέω “ flow, go, run
“flow, stream”
If Zo is ZI/XEW,
Sidon, Arabic
Saïda, then
looks like a
possibility for
the puzzling
while obscure
e-pi-zo-ta is
e.g. a-po-zi-ta
“sharp points”
for weapons
Linear B



The sign is
unclear and
speculative as
“a torch”
“a conical
potters wheel”
operated by
running water
or a “molten
cast” of metal
“flow, stream,
Phaistos Disk




e.g. Latvian
“to go”
“will go”
No comparable Axe sign

Thumb of an image at
A graphic depiction of
an ancient
potter's wheel
proposed by
archaeologist Ștefan
Cucoș, based on the
findings on Valeni and
Ghelăiesti in Romania


“irrigation tunnels”

abstract of

“ flow, go,


”run, flow”

“fire, hurry,
(Jaritz #339)

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