Thursday, March 03, 2011

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

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

(continued from PU 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 RA originally published at 16 - The Syllable RA : 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 RA plus Luvian in the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance (by Andis Kaulins)

RA
The Linear B sign is not
intuitive, but similar to
the Sumerian RA sign of
a square object and
curl(er), shown with 4
spokes as a square seal?

Halloran writes that RA
is the syllabic value for a
seal stamped into clay.
So the Linear B sign and
Sumerian are a match.

The Elamite symbol is
unclear in meaning but
has a Sumerian sign
comparable, with
unknown syllabic value.
Cypriot
syllabary

𐠣
RA
Sun & Earth

Egyptian
hieroglyph
RA
Linear B

𐀨(60)
RA
(“round, roll”)
A comparable
Sumerian sign
reads RA for
“roll a seal into
clay” -  John A.
Halloran,
Version 3.0.
Phaistos Disk

𐇛
RA
"round, roll"

A similar
Aegean
design on a
sword can be
seen at
No similar sign on Axe

Luvian
r
RA


My initial analysis for
Elamite and Sumerian
signs (via Latvian) that
those signs represented
notches was in fact
substantiated in Luvian
where RA is simply a
notch, groove or slit,
usually cut at an angle.
Elamite
RA
"rod, wand"



Indo-European
e.g. Latvian
robs “notch”
also found
in the word
Lith. riba
“boundary”
Sumerian

RA
"roll a seal
into clay”-


Sumerian
Unknown
syllabic value

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