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Linear B Assignment - find the consonants based on process...

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Roshni Sheth LCH 106-Lost! FLC Dr. David Basilico November 12, 2009 To begin the decipherment of linear Q, the crib was examined and each of the three given syllables was filled into the script found on the clay tablets. The crib 08 05 01 corresponded with the syllables “ge,” “do,” and “ba,” respectively. The next step was to find the stems and suffixes to find patterns in each word. Since it was given that each stem is of the form CVCVC, the stems could be deduced by looking at the patterns of the first 2 and a half syllables of each word. For example, the first word 01 05 08 02 had the three known syllables of “ba,” “do,” and “ge,” making the stem of the word “badog.” The fourth word 01 05 06 07 also had the same first two syllables of “ba” and “do,” so it was concluded that 06 corresponded with a syllable that’s consonant was “g.” Once the stems were uncovered as much as possible, the next step was to
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Unformatted text preview: find the consonants based on process of elimination. Once all of the consonants were matched up with a number symbol, the same process was performed to find the suffixes. Since the same final syllable corresponded with the same suffix, the first vowel of the suffix was found using the crib. Eventually, the vowels for each number symbol were found by using the process of elimination again, and the rest of the script was filled in with the key. This whole process was possible because of the concept of bridging syllables. In Linear Q, the third syllable of each word was the bridging syllable. The consonant of this syllable was part of the stem, and the vowel of this syllable was part of the suffix. This served as a connection between the stems and suffixes, making the language decipherable. C 1 :B C 2 : D C 3 : G V 1 : A 01 03 04 V 2 : E 09 07 08 V 3 : O 02 05 06...
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