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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. E-ISSN 2047-993X. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:2151)

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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: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Stephen Holland
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 19:30 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:40 UTC
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