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Linear A inscription in Arcadian dialect

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Topic: Linear A inscription in Arcadian dialect
Posted By: Flipper
Subject: Linear A inscription in Arcadian dialect
Date Posted: 31-May-2009 at 11:27
It seems that the first inscription of Linear A has been deciphered in Crete. In the museum of St. Nicholas, a minoan artifact from Malia (inscr. #9675) is being excibited. This inscription bears 18 Linear characters that Chadwick had unsuccessfully tryed to decipher. Paul Four had tryed to translate it in Greek as well but failed since he missed some phonetical values, which lead to a absurd translation. The missing link was the Arcadian dialect that was used in this Linear A inscription and renders the text perfectly as "Sixteen year old canister holder, you will  swagger in the sacrifice and the libations" (i'm not sure if i have translated it in english accurately). This is the first Linear A inscription ever read in a known language.

Source: http://www.arxaiologia.gr/site/content.php?artid=1478 - Archaeologia Magazine


Like P. Masouridis had earlier suspected, Linear A and B had been used to write more than one language. His study lead to the reading of several etruscan inscriptions with mixed linear B and greek alphabet symbols (see image below, 600BC).






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Posted By: Flipper
Date Posted: 31-May-2009 at 11:36
I guess also this is the first time, a Linear inscription renders a specific dialect. Linguists had noticed that the during Mycenaean years there's no distinct dialects around Greece. 

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Posted By: xristar
Date Posted: 31-May-2009 at 13:30
This dates from 1998! 

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Posted By: Flipper
Date Posted: 31-May-2009 at 18:19
Indeed... But i had no idea about it.

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