Night Music: Cry Like A Rainy DayJune 18, 2022
Linear A Remains DarkJune 18, 2022
For those of us with a passion for language and linguistics, the mysteries and histories of undeciphered languages always intrigue. Possibly the oldest extant script in Europe, the signs that made up the Linear A language of Crete and other parts of the Aegean three thousand five hundred years ago continue to confound scholars. Aeon has an excellent summary of the current state of Linear A studies and experiments.
A later version of the script, called Linear B, was finally deciphered by Ventris and others in 1952 as a form of archaic Greek. “We are therefore in a position to say that the Linear A to Linear B script-transmission process was prompted by the need to adapt the template script (Linear A) to a different language: Greek.” What is still missing is the identification of Linear A’s language.
“Once Linear B had been singled out as Greek, the different linguistic character of Linear A caught the eye. Linear A was unlikely to be Greek: no lexical correspondences could be securely identified between Linear A words and alphabetic Greek ones (as Ventris was able to do for Linear B), nor did Linear A show systematic patterns comparable with Kober’s triplets. From the very outset, Linear A has resisted decipherment: the Minoan language it encoded stood in stark contrast with the Mycenaean Greek language of Linear B.”
The article gives a fascinating account of the work that continues to be done on this enigmatic language. Well worth the read.
Car Free Days Are Back!June 18, 2022
It was way back in 2019 that we last enjoyed the Car Free Day on Commercial Drive. I am therefore really glad to be able to report that we will be doing it all again this year — on September 10th!
There will be similar festivals this year in the West End (August 20) and on Main Street (August 27).
I’ll post more details about the Drive event as I get them.