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By D. Gary Miller

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This research investigates the houses of a number of old syllabic and linear segmental scripts to make specific the facets of linguistic wisdom they try to symbolize. a few fresh experimental paintings means that nonliterate audio system do not need segmental wisdom and that simply syllabic wisdom is 'real' or obtainable, whence the ubiquity of syllabaries. Miller disputes this by way of displaying that such exams don't distinguish correct sorts of wisdom, and that linguistic research of the ordering and writing conventions of early Western scripts corroborates the facts from language acquisition, use, and alter for phase understanding. by means of coding segments, the traditional syllabaries represented more phonological wisdom than the alphabet, which was once a bad 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 thought of the syllable as 'Sonority Phrase'. The book's price is additional improved by way of thorough dialogue of the problems from a vast variety of theoretical and utilized viewpoints, together with language play and alter, cognition, literacy, and cultural history.

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It is then clear from these core examples that [ks] is treated as an onset, as the SH predicts. Why then are two different 7 The authority OIl the accentuation is Herodian (Gr. 44. ). On clitics with such words. SCXDJDeIBtein (1973: 176ff) ; Scbrijver (1991 : 95. 1 12. 128. 219) cites the form as tUrI«. see CYPRIAN SYlLABARY 33 graphic representations used? xV and kVsV should be equivalent alternative spellings. but the xV signs are normally reservc;d for word-final position. Why should that be the case?

For uniformity. glosses follow Clurdwick (1973). unless otherwise indicated. ABARY stop + continuant dekosato Id6ksatol "received" (E6E�aTo etUksato 11. 238+) moqoso Im6kwsosI M�CK "Mopsos" ewepesesomena lew hepses6menal "to be well boiled"? kwsCphehel "two swords" (�(q,oc; ksfrf'os 11. 194+) a/wsone lliksonesl «�OV€c;' "shafts, axles" (NOM: Ruijgh 1967 §3 1O) stop + nasaJ contJnuant + stop epidedato lepid6dastoy/ "has been distributed" ( E1IlSlSaonu epi­ dedastai Hesiod. Theogony 789) watu Iw�trJl "town" (ao'nJ astu 11.

26] (SEATOC: diltos Batr. 6+] kateworokone lkateworgonl "be­ sieged" (3pl . aor. 3] (hero: 2 alph. 28. 4 (Bulwer Tablet)] liquid + glide [cf. ) S arawasatu /arwasatol "prayed" [3438 4] (dpaOll a L ar hnai Hom/poet) [ambiguous as to onset or -xxla treatment, but -rw- codas are to be expected] puruwoso /pl1rwo-so/ "Pyrwos" [ 1 98 (2x)] (but probably Eteocypriot) 5 The problems with Ibis word (3x in Idal. ); the rust three segments of the word, which are all that concern us here, are Dot in dispute (pace Beekes 1971:350-352).

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