Linear A
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Linear A is an undeciphered open-syllabic and logographic script used for economic and votive purposes mainly on the island of Crete from ca 1850 to 1450 BCE. Much about the phonetic structure, ideograms, fractional signs and numerals can be understood through (a) internal analysis of the ca 1,500 preserved texts, (b) comparative analysis of the deciphered Linear B script, which was created with Linear A as a model, and (c) reconstructing the Min…

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Thomas Palaima and William Bibee, “Linear A”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2013

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