Monday, March 07, 2011

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

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

(continued from ZA 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 ZE originally published at 63 - The Syllable ZE : 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 and at update 63A.

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 ZE plus Luvian in the Minoan Aegean Sign Concordance (by Andis Kaulins)

ZE
Signs  here are either
measuring sticks or the
seed heads of wheat
which look similar to a
marked measuring stick.

ζειά “Einkorn” triticum
monococcum

There is overlap with
geo- and the syllable GE,
indicating several terms
for “Earth” in use.
Normally expected
(geometry – “earth
measure“) but one sees
that there was also a Z-
syllable term such as in
ζείδωρος "epithet of
the earth", viz. Sumerian
zikura “Earth”. Strabo
for “measure a country”
Compare γεόομαι “to
become Earth” with
Latvian zeme,
Lithuanian žeme, Old
Prussian semme “Earth”
Cypriot
syllabary

No Cypriot sign
known.
_______

Egyptian

The Djed Pillar
is associated
with Memphis,
the Summer
Solstice and
immortality
and ostensibly
measures the 3
or 4 seasons
(it varies) as
symbols of life.
(for more
observations
see columns
right)

Egyptian

See also my
discussion
online of the
Linear B


(74)
ZE
measuring
stick
(the semi-circle
could
represent any
number of
things: water
itself
or perhaps a
plumb for
measuring the
depth of water

Sumerian

ŠE
“grain,
barley”
Phaistos Disk


ZE


“Einkorn”
triticum
monococcum


Sumerian
ZIZ
“emmer
wheat”



Egyptian
ZWT
“wheat”
No comparable Axe sign
__________
Example of an Egyptian
Nilometer, here
somewhat idealized
versus the original
source


Nilometer (idealized)
based on an illustration

Jnbw-n-JTY
gnomon at Memphis

DJED
The Djed Pillar
Elamite
ZE
measuring
stick with
markings
Luvian
I
ZI
"horizon,
boundary"
_______
Did Sumerian
sign below
precede
Egyptian
DJED?
ZA4
Sumerian

ZE

Ryan at
ProtoLanguage-
Monosyllables writes
"stick with
pennant
stuck upright
in water,
used as a
height-
marker for
its rising"



Sumerian
ZAG
“boundary,
border”

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