Monday, March 07, 2011

Syllabic Grid of Ancient Scripts: ZA Luvian Update to the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance MinAegCon by Andis Kaulins

Syllabic Grid of Ancient Scripts: ZA Luvian Update to the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance MinAegCon by Andis Kaulins

(continued from GU Luvian Update)

This posting updates the series started here by adding Luvian (also spelled Luwian, formerly Hieroglyphic Hittite) to the syllabic grid for the syllable ZA originally published at 62 - The Syllable ZA : Origins of Writing in Western Civilization and the Kaulins Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance (MinAegCon™): A Syllabic Grid of Mycenaean Greek Linear B Script, the Cypriot Syllabary, the Phaistos Disk, two Old Elamite Scripts, the Inscription on the Axe of Arkalochori, and Comparable Signs from Sumerian Pictographs and Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

If I have found no comparable Luvian syllable in mainstream sources, there is no update posting for that syllable. This applies particularly to syllables with the vowel "O", which predecessor Sumerian did not have (apparently also not in Luvian). Syllables with the vowel "E" are alleged by Luvian scholars not to have been used for Luvian, though I think otherwise. My research indicates that also Luvian had "consonant plus vowel E" (or similar sound) syllables and I include them if I have been able to identify them (provisionally, of course, subject to ultimate confirmation).

Each syllable will be presented in its own posting.

There is first a scanned image of a "syllabic" grid excerpt from the original Microsoft Word manuscript -- the links there are not clickable because it is one image.

The original text follows -- the links there are clickable -- but embedded fonts or images may be missing because Blogger does not pick them all up from Microsoft Word, so use the scanned image for those.



The Syllable ZA plus Luvian in the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance (by Andis Kaulins)

ZA

ζάω “to live”
with many variants
and cognates

Compare other archaic
Indo-European tongues
e.g. such as
Latvian dzīve “life”
which will show a very
archaic form of the root
in the DZ- format.

Sumerian „man as
a being“ and „necklace“
are homophonic „same-
sounding“ terms, thus
one of several possible
explanations for the
ANKH’s origin as an
amulet of protection.
Cypriot
syllabary


XA

Other
Cypriot signs
suggests that
these symbols
are “sides”
as the arms
of “man as a
being”.

χείρ is also
possible
as a root word
Linear B


(17)
ZA
_______
The Egyptian
ankh for “life,
live” is the
same symbol.
Several
alternative
explanations
can be made
based on the
Sumerian
signs. ANZAG is
"border of
heaven, (Sun?)
horizon".
Phaistos Disk



ZA

protection
fetter for
animals
or collar
modern
horse collars
No comparable Axe sign
__________
Speculative:
Egyptian ANKH and
Sumerian
ANZAG written as
AN
ZAG
one above the other
could be related ?

Luvian
The ZA and Zi signs
(horizons without the Sun?) differ only in
terms of the bottom
"sash" = vowel longer ?
No Elamite
sign yet
_______
Egyptian
“protection
fetter”

ZA

Luvian
i
ZA
"horizon,
boundary"
Sumerian

ZA
”necklace”
or
“man
as a being”
ZI
"life"
(see ZE)
Indo-
European
compare
Latvian
“necklace”
"life"

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