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By D. Gary Miller

This research investigates the homes of numerous old syllabic and linear segmental scripts to make particular the facets of linguistic wisdom they try to signify. a few fresh experimental paintings means that nonliterate audio system would not have segmental wisdom and that simply syllabic wisdom is 'real' or obtainable, whence the ubiquity of syllabaries. Miller disputes this via displaying that such checks don't distinguish proper different types of wisdom, and that linguistic research of the ordering and writing conventions of early Western scripts corroborates the proof from language acquisition, use, and alter for section information. via coding segments, the traditional syllabaries represented more phonological wisdom than the alphabet, which used to be a negative compromise among the vowelless West Semitic scripts and the vowel-redundant syllabic scripts.
A wide variety of data approximately early scripts and their improvement is mixed with a brand new idea of the syllable as 'Sonority Phrase'. The book's worth is extra more desirable by way of thorough dialogue of the problems from a huge diversity of theoretical and utilized viewpoints, together with language play and alter, cognition, literacy, and cultural history.

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34 ANCIENT SCRIPfS AND PHONOLOGICAL KNOWlEDGE leksorUksel, or, more accurately, (*) e-ko-so-ru-ke-se , since the final e is the subjunctive marker rather than a dummy vowel. But even with clitics the signs served to mark word boundaries, as in where the choice of xe ka-ru-xe-e-mi [Karux�em{] xV (3e), indicates word boundary and lack of resyllabification. As for the second [ks] of e-xe I o-ru-xe (3b), the aorist stem is oruk-s-, and the spelling may be morphological or by generalization of the frequent sign -xe with dummy vowel.

78); d. Myc. jo-qi (PY 318) ly6kWJtwil "which". This is the formation posited by Thumb-Scberer (p. 160) to underlie Cypr. 16p-sis-kel « *h6d kWis ke). comparable to Att. �aTll;" l£v MS-lis dn (cf. Beekes 1971 :341). Masson (ICS. ) disputes this on the grounds that it is "phonetically implausible". /cwis > *(h)OkW -ISis > (h)dp-sis is difficult to molivate. On the other band, a phonelic development *Mkw-kwis > *(h)op-pis. with replacement of isolated *pis by regular (productive) sis is completely plausible.

164+). Since stops precede liquids on the SH, tr- is by definition a possible onset (from the SH point of view). The nucleus of the syllable is li/. Since a consonant cannot be written without a vowel in a syllabary, there is no way to write just the It!. The It! requires a 'dummy' vowel, and the one selected is a copy of the nucleus vowel : ti-ri-([XJ}. Similarly, in BEa l1ot� desmo i; "with bands", continuants (s) precede nasals on the SH, making sm­ a possible onset. Since the nucleus is 0 (oi contains a coda glide: [oy]), it is copied as the dummy vowel of the complex onset, viz.

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