• Orthographic variation as evidence for the development of the Linear B writing system

    Author(s):
    Anna P. Judson (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Group(s):
    Archaeology, Classical Philology and Linguistics
    Subject(s):
    Aegean prehistoric archaeology, Greek language, Linguistics, Writing systems
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Aegean prehistory, Linear B, Mycenaean Greek, orthography, writing system
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/8s74-xt56
    Abstract:
    This is the accepted version of the paper; the published version is available at doi.org/10.1075/wll.00025.jud (or by contacting me). This paper investigates the issue of orthographic variation in the Linear B writing system in order to explore ways in which studying a writing system’s orthographic conventions may shed light on the history of its development. Linear B was used in the palatial/administrative centres of Late Bronze Age Greece and Crete (c.1400-1200 B.C.E.) and records an early Greek dialect known as ‘Mycenaean’. The writing system’s structure and orthographic conventions permit flexibility in the spelling of particular phonological sequences: this paper discusses the varying orthographic representation of such sequences and shows that synchronic variation is common or even the norm in many cases. Investigating the factors which underlie this variation demonstrates the potential for a study of synchronic variation to illuminate a writing system’s diachronic development; it also underlines the importance of analysing the ways in which writers actually choose to use writing systems in order to fully understand their development.
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    Published
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