Phonetic attributions of undeciphered characters: the case of *56 in Linear B

Kyriakidis, Evangelos (2007) Phonetic attributions of undeciphered characters: the case of *56 in Linear B. Cambridge Classical Journal, 53 . pp. 202-228. ISSN 1750-2705. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

After the decipherment of Linear B and the attribution of phonetic values to most signs, several others still remain undeciphered. Any attempt to reconstruct their phonetic value is beset with difficulties. In this paper we will attempt to set out some basic principles for making reconstructions of undeciphered characters in well-studied scripts. We shall then look specifically at the range of evidence available and the various theories built around the decipherment of sign *56 trying to construct a strong argument in favour of one possible phonetic attribution. In doing so we shall comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the various arguments, thus illuminating the usefulness of such principles in making a secure attribution.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Stephen Holland
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 19:30
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 10:01
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2151 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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