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Title: Linear A libation tables : a semitic connection explored
Authors: Eu Min, Niki Cassandra
Perono Cacciafoco, Francesco
Cavallaro, Francesco Paolo
Keywords: Humanities::Language
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Eu Min, N. C., Perono Cacciafoco, F., & Cavallaro, F. P. (2019). Linear A libation tables : a semitic connection explored. Analele Universitatii din Craiova - Seria Stiinte Filologice, Lingvistica, 41(1-2), 51-63.
Project: 2017-T1-002-193
Journal: Analele Universitatii din Craiova - Seria Stiinte Filologice, Lingvistica
Abstract: The writing system of the Ancient Aegean Minoan Civilization, Linear A, is the predecessor to the already deciphered Linear B script (transcribing Mycenaean Greek) and is one of the five writing systems associated with mainland Greece, Crete, and Cyprus before the introduction of the Greek alphabet. Attempts to decipher the writing system have been unsuccessful for several reasons. Unlike the Linear B language (Mycenaean Greek), Minoan, the language hidden behind Linear A and still undeciphered, bears no apparent similarity to Greek, and any ‘translation’ of Linear A based provisionally on Linear B phonetic values has not produced any tangible result. Additionally, the number of Linear A samples available for examination and translation is limited, especially in comparison to that of Linear B. The research undertaken over the course of this project aimed to expand our understanding of the available samples by looking for recurrences in inscriptions from libation tables, using provisionally Linear B phonetic values. By utilizing these recurrences, an attempt was made to explore a potential association of Minoan with Semitic languages. The results show that there is very little in common between Linear A and the Semitic languages examined, at least in the context of Linear A libation tables.
ISSN: 1224-5712
Rights: © 2019 Annals of the University of Craiova: Series Philology - Linguistics / Analele Universitatii din Craiova - Seria Stiinte Filologice, Lingvistica is Faculty of Letters, University of Craiova (Published by Editura Universitaria Craiova). All rights reserved.
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