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POLYGENESIS OF PROTO-LANGUAGES

Book by: Robert Morritt

Summary

Many undeciphered writing systems exist from several thousand years ago. The difficulty in deciphering these systems arose from a lack of known language descendants or from the languages being entirely isolated, or from insufficient examples of text discovered on ancient Stele or monoliths. Often the question arose as to whether the symbols uncovered constituted a writing system at all.
Linear A and Cretan hieroglyphs are both believed to be an example of the Minoan language. Several words have been decoded from the scripts, but no definite conclusions on the meanings of the words have been made.
Some researchers have claimed to being able to decipher certain writing systems ,however many of these claims have not been widely accepted within the scientific community. Within these pages are featured many ancient lithic evidence and obscure writing systems and the research of cryptologists ,Alice Kober,Michael Ventris,and John Chadwick.

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Many undeciphered writing systems exist from several thousand years ago. The difficulty in deciphering these systems arose from a lack of known language descendants or from the languages being entirely isolated, or from insufficient examples of text discovered on ancient Stele or monoliths. Often the question arose as to whether the symbols uncovered constituted a writing system at all.
Linear A and Cretan hieroglyphs are both believed to be an example of the Minoan language. Several words have been decoded from the scripts, but no definite conclusions on the meanings of the words have been made.
Some researchers have claimed to being able to decipher certain writing systems ,however many of these claims have not been widely accepted within the scientific community. Within these pages are featured many ancient lithic evidence and obscure writing systems and the research of cryptologists ,Alice Kober,Michael Ventris,and John Chadwick.

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~~The inscriptions are in an alphabet similar to that used to write the Etruscan language and the older Phrygian inscriptions, all derived from Euboean scripts (Western Greek alphabet, alphabets of Asia Minor). These scripts are ultimately of West Semitic origin and were adapted by various peoples from the 8th century. Characters similar to those used in Lemnos Stele inscription are also found on some pottery fragments on Lemnos.~~The majority of Linear A clay tablets were accounting records in the form of lists of numbers and objects, whereas seal-stones were used to impress their texts on other surfaces, likely labeling the owners' names on goods. In other words, for the most part they perform complementary functions, Cretan Hieroglyphs functioning in a ornamental and perhaps public setting whereas Linear A employed in mundane, day-to-day administration of state institutions.~~With regard to the problem of the voiced and voiceless occlusives it is well known that in the Iberian personal names written in Latin inscriptions a previous sibilant devoices the following occlusive (something evident in the case of b/p), but there is a fact usually ignored: no example is known concerning to the sign s.~~

~~The inscriptions are in an alphabet similar to that used to write the Etruscan language and the older Phrygian inscriptions, all derived from Euboean scripts (Western Greek alphabet, alphabets of Asia Minor). These scripts are ultimately of West Semitic origin and were adapted by various peoples from the 8th century. Characters similar to those used in Lemnos Stele inscription are also found on some pottery fragments on Lemnos.

~~The majority of Linear A clay tablets were accounting records in the form of lists of numbers and objects, whereas seal-stones were used to impress their texts on other surfaces, likely labeling the owners' names on goods. In other words, for the most part they perform complementary functions, Cretan Hieroglyphs functioning in a ornamental and perhaps public setting whereas Linear A employed in mundane, day-to-day administration of state institutions.  As the Iberian semisyllabary isn't suitable for a Celtic language, specially as they adopted a non Catalan variant (that is, a variant that didn't denote the voiced opposition between occlusives) and as Celtiberian language had groups of 'muta cum liquida', there are many problems in converting the transcription of the inscriptions in a phonemic representation.


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Many undeciphered writing systems exist from several thousand years ago. The difficulty in deciphering these systems arose from a lack of known language descendants or from the languages being entirely isolated, or from insufficient examples of text discovered on ancient Stele or monoliths. Often the question arose as to whether the symbols uncovered constituted a writing system at all.
Linear A and Cretan hieroglyphs are both believed to be an example of the Minoan language. Several words have been decoded from the scripts, but no definite conclusions on the meanings of the words have been made.
Some researchers have claimed to being able to decipher certain writing systems ,however many of these claims have not been widely accepted within the scientific community. Within these pages are featured many ancient lithic evidence and obscure writing systems and the research of cryptologists ,Alice Kober,Michael Ventris,and John Chadwick.

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