Friday, March 04, 2011

Syllabic Grid of Ancient Scripts: MO Luvian Update to the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance MinAegCon by Andis Kaulins

Syllabic Grid of Ancient Scripts: MO Luvian Update to the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance MinAegCon by Andis Kaulins

(continued from MI Luvian Update)

This posting updates the series started here by adding Luvian (also spelled Luwian, formerly Hieroglyphic Hittite) to the syllabic grid for the syllable MO originally published at 30 - The Syllable MO : 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.

If I have found no comparable Luvian syllable in mainstream sources, there is no update posting for that syllable. This applies particularly to syllables with the vowel "O", which predecessor Sumerian did not have (apparently also not in Luvian). Syllables with the vowel "E" are alleged by Luvian scholars not to have been used for Luvian, though I think otherwise. My research indicates that also Luvian had "consonant plus vowel E" (or similar sound) syllables and I include them if I have been able to identify them (provisionally, of course, subject to ultimate confirmation).

Each syllable will be presented in its own posting.

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

The original text follows -- the links there are clickable -- but embedded fonts or images may be missing because Blogger does not pick them all up from Microsoft Word, so use the scanned image for those.

The Syllable MO plus Luvian in the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance (by Andis Kaulins)

MO (should be viewed
together with MU)

Since Sumerian had no
“O” vowel, overlap can
occur between O and U
syllabic elements in
terms of concepts,
especially here at the M-
based syllables. The
concepts of “ox(back)”
“back” and “middle”
may have meshed in the
Phaistos Disk sign for
MO, leading to the back
middle of an ox being
depicted there, but an
ox head being depicted
in Linear B for MU.

divide, distribute”
“Divide” as "middle"



m, ...
meaning ....
'in the
middle of'
Linear B


Linear B sign
B15 (MO)
matches sign
B12 (SO)
“channel “
B14 (DO)
(all Minoan
The bend in
the vertical
holding line
shows relation.
Phaistos Disk

“ox back”


The Phaistos
disk sign
combines the
ideas of MO
“middle” and
MU ‘”’back”
together and
there is no
MU on the
No comparable Axe sign


The Phaistos Disk sign
for MO may show the
“back” “middle” of an
“ox”, combining
concepts used
for the MO and MU
syllables elsewhere.

Luvian note

The signs MA1 and MA2
for Luvian shown to the
right are the principal
signs for the syllable MA
in Luvian, while the
syllable identified by
scholars as MÚ looks like
the bow sign used in
other scripts for MA.
There is presumably a
linguistic explanation.




"divided ?"
MA1 in
is a wild
antelope ?
Ö or M


“side” ?
Latvian mala

 “wild ox”

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