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[Thesis Generator] sa-pe-ra vs. sa-pi-da

What do you think? 39 years after the 1973 publication of the 2nd edition of Documents in Mycenaean Greek by John Chadwick and Michael Ventris, I still constantly encounter questions that remain open from their early work. I keep a … Continue reading

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Linear B Data Project Update – lexicon definitions are growing

One or more definitions are now available for all of the in-tact lexical elements in the following Knossos Linear B series: KN Ag, KN Ai, KN Ak, KN Am, KN Ap, KN As KN B, KN Bg KN C, KN … Continue reading

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po-ni-ki-jo, what art thou?

po-ni-ki-jo is a favourite Linear B word of mine. The number of definitions suggested for it seems proportionate to the number of Mycenologists who have studied it. Hooker thought perhaps it was a palm tree, Chadwick & Ventris believed it … Continue reading

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Why is sa-pi-de a commodity and not an allative?

sa-pi-de appears on PY Vn 19 and MY Ge 602. The -de ending frequently denotes an allative of a toponym (place name). ko-no-so-de is “to ko-no-so”, sa-ma-ra-de is “to sa-ma-ra”, etc. Reverse engineering this, we might expect to find “sa-pi” … Continue reading

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Linear B AB17: za is ka2?

za … or ka2? I was surprised to recently discover a new phonetic value proposed for the above symbol by Palmer (1980) and del Barrio Vega (1996 publication from 1991 conference proceedings), traditionally transliterated as “za”. The original value “za” … Continue reading

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Cryptolinguistics

These quotes are from The Linear B Decipherment Controversy Re-Examined by Saul Levin (1964) Ventris’ and Chadwick’s criteria for evaluating phonetic values of symbols: “For a sign to be allotted a fixed syllabic value it must occur in a vocabulary … Continue reading

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Linear B: Singular, dual and plural

Today, I am studying singular, dual and plural nouns in Linear B. An example from the word index in Documents in Mycenaean Greek by John Chadwick and Michael Ventris: singular: 1 A-MO; 1 DI-PA dual: 2 A-MO-TE; 2 DI-PA-E plural: … Continue reading

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of Apocope and Agent Nouns

I’m still reading “The Women of Pylos” by John Chadwick in Texts, Tablets and Scribes: Studies in Mycenaean Epigraphy and Economy Offered to Emmett L. Bennett, Jr. (Suplementos a MINOS num. 10). I’m a slow reader :> Here is some … Continue reading

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TA-DA! Extra rations on the Pylos Linear B tablets

This is an excellent example of the kind of implicit information that the Cretan writing systems have embedded in it. Implicit information is information which must be guessed at either from context or, even more difficult, was simply assumed by … Continue reading

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Mycenaean Greek Linear B Toponyms: Allatives and Ethnics

What is an allative? (wikipedia: allative) An allative is a case of a toponym (place name) which means to Toponym. What is an ethnic? An ethnic is a geographic adjective. Cretan is an ethnic of toponym Crete. A Linear B … Continue reading

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