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CRITICAL NOTES ON THE LINEAR TEXTS IN SCRIPT B

Only rarely is there occasion to question the accuracy of the transcripts made by AE from the originals. But fuller

acquaintance with the signary and the vocabulary makes probable a few emendations; and perhaps there are

others to be made.

i. Damaged and difficult to read. 1. 2: [J may be jj^.

1.8: |2| may be ft

1. 9: only the fifth sign is legible: AE read V for the first;

I- for the second.

1. 10: the numeral may be '.

1. 11: numeral for '' for lack of space ?

16. 1. 2: the fourth sign is variant of 7.

17. 1. 1: first sign Y; 1. 2: first sign jy^.

18. 1. 1: first sign *f or 7; 1. 2: first sign 7: numeral lost;

final sign of second word V.

19 a. 1. 1: third sign jjj.

20 a. 1. 1: first sign "P; cf. 3 for this word.

21. 1. 1: punctuation mark after first word.

22. first word may be restored from 2.

25. first word, last sign is t ; in PM IV, fig. 609 b, the

numeral at end of 1. 1 should be '.

27. 1. 1: first sign may be A but cf. A/^f 799 a, b.

1. 2: restore the first word from 5, 6, 13.

28. 1. 1: second sign perhaps pi.

31. second sign T or *f.

33. 1. 1: first stroke may be T? ; cf. 911.

34. 1. 1: second sign is ?.

36. probably complete to left; first sign of second word is i.

40. 1. 3: first word, second sign Y.

41 bis. copied by AE but cancelled.

42. 1. 1: first three signs as in 46; at end VZ7 should be ^

orX

43. first sign jj; cf. 1035.

45. 1. 1: first word, second sign illegible.

47. 1. 2: signs after second word may be A|?B.

49. last sign may be ^ or ^ (B 93); the word jiyffijjjj*

quoted PM IV, fig. 695, does not exist. First word,

second sign is Lftf, not Vffi.

50. combined from two pieces: (a) the fourth small sign may

be £, the sixth *£; (b) second small sign (i AE) is not

clear. 1. 1: antepenultimate sign is not fl (as AE); cf.

y in 1. 2. The first sign may be M; cf. face a in same

position. The last numeral in 1. 1 and after ideogram

in 1. 2 is unusual. On c the numeral may be J!| or '.'A1;

cf. 59.

51 b. last sign before (J may be V.

52. last three signs are from a detached fragment.

56. the unusual numeral may be 16.

58. the sign £ may be part of fa.

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60.

2: AE read final sign as ^ but it may be T (Sundwall).

1: first sign is ^, the last [j or ^ perhaps even B.

61. 1. 1: the 'ship' sign (N^, AE) recurs on 1117.

63. almost illegible; in 1. 1 the first word may be ^P11 liga-

tured; the second word was followed by ? ^.

1. 2: first sign probably t; numeral ' after Qfij.

68. third sign may be 4^ or Ijllj.

69. seems to be identical with AE 745; 1. 2: last sign restored.

71. second sign probably I.

78. final sign perhaps j .

79. numeral damaged; more than 4; the sign I- is frequent as

ideogram.

80. first sign may be Y ; third perhaps 7 or k.

82. first sign ^^; last probably y .

84. first sign M; last ib.

85, 86. fragments with flft.

87. first sign m (AE) but perhaps B.

89. the rare 'standing figure' (B 74 a) is not separated from

the preceding group, but seems to be an ideogram like

§ (B 74)-

third sign may be [•; the first sign after the central break

is obscure: JK or /rf.

first sign may be M.

may have been turned along short axis (see p. 42).

115. second word, second sign ItJ or M.

116. 1.1: last sign perhaps A; 1.2: first and third signs may be j\.

120. in the superscript word M may be r.

121. initial B is the end of a 'principal' word.

125. also numbered 1626.

128. only certain signs are n and HP.

131. 1. 1: second sign'T.

133. first sign 4^, last f*.

137. second word; last sign BR] or H. PM IV, fig. 681.

144. 1. 1: fourth sign perhaps "J"; 1. 2: third and fourth |jfjj;

cf. 902, 909.

145. 1. 5: fourth sign -|-; illegible signs after J™; I 6:

probably [j

148. 1. 2: last sign

149. 1. 1: first sign tf?; 1. 2: first sign I.

150. first sign probably "P.

153. turned on vertical axis, a 1. 3 first sign «J>; cf. 323

154. 1. 1: last sign nt ; 1. 2: last sign "^j.

166. 1. 1: sign after W may be ^.

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Only rarely is there occasion to question the accuracy of the transcripts made by AE from the originals. But fuller

acquaintance with the signary and the vocabulary makes probable a few emendations; and perhaps there are

others to be made.

i. Damaged and difficult to read. 1. 2: [J may be jj^.

1.8: |2| may be ft

1. 9: only the fifth sign is legible: AE read V for the first;

I- for the second.

1. 10: the numeral may be '.

1. 11: numeral for '' for lack of space ?

16. 1. 2: the fourth sign is variant of 7.

17. 1. 1: first sign Y; 1. 2: first sign jy^.

18. 1. 1: first sign *f or 7; 1. 2: first sign 7: numeral lost;

final sign of second word V.

19 a. 1. 1: third sign jjj.

20 a. 1. 1: first sign "P; cf. 3 for this word.

21. 1. 1: punctuation mark after first word.

22. first word may be restored from 2.

25. first word, last sign is t ; in PM IV, fig. 609 b, the

numeral at end of 1. 1 should be '.

27. 1. 1: first sign may be A but cf. A/^f 799 a, b.

1. 2: restore the first word from 5, 6, 13.

28. 1. 1: second sign perhaps pi.

31. second sign T or *f.

33. 1. 1: first stroke may be T? ; cf. 911.

34. 1. 1: second sign is ?.

36. probably complete to left; first sign of second word is i.

40. 1. 3: first word, second sign Y.

41 bis. copied by AE but cancelled.

42. 1. 1: first three signs as in 46; at end VZ7 should be ^

orX

43. first sign jj; cf. 1035.

45. 1. 1: first word, second sign illegible.

47. 1. 2: signs after second word may be A|?B.

49. last sign may be ^ or ^ (B 93); the word jiyffijjjj*

quoted PM IV, fig. 695, does not exist. First word,

second sign is Lftf, not Vffi.

50. combined from two pieces: (a) the fourth small sign may

be £, the sixth *£; (b) second small sign (i AE) is not

clear. 1. 1: antepenultimate sign is not fl (as AE); cf.

y in 1. 2. The first sign may be M; cf. face a in same

position. The last numeral in 1. 1 and after ideogram

in 1. 2 is unusual. On c the numeral may be J!| or '.'A1;

cf. 59.

51 b. last sign before (J may be V.

52. last three signs are from a detached fragment.

56. the unusual numeral may be 16.

58. the sign £ may be part of fa.

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60.

2: AE read final sign as ^ but it may be T (Sundwall).

1: first sign is ^, the last [j or ^ perhaps even B.

61. 1. 1: the 'ship' sign (N^, AE) recurs on 1117.

63. almost illegible; in 1. 1 the first word may be ^P11 liga-

tured; the second word was followed by ? ^.

1. 2: first sign probably t; numeral ' after Qfij.

68. third sign may be 4^ or Ijllj.

69. seems to be identical with AE 745; 1. 2: last sign restored.

71. second sign probably I.

78. final sign perhaps j .

79. numeral damaged; more than 4; the sign I- is frequent as

ideogram.

80. first sign may be Y ; third perhaps 7 or k.

82. first sign ^^; last probably y .

84. first sign M; last ib.

85, 86. fragments with flft.

87. first sign m (AE) but perhaps B.

89. the rare 'standing figure' (B 74 a) is not separated from

the preceding group, but seems to be an ideogram like

§ (B 74)-

third sign may be [•; the first sign after the central break

is obscure: JK or /rf.

first sign may be M.

may have been turned along short axis (see p. 42).

115. second word, second sign ItJ or M.

116. 1.1: last sign perhaps A; 1.2: first and third signs may be j\.

120. in the superscript word M may be r.

121. initial B is the end of a 'principal' word.

125. also numbered 1626.

128. only certain signs are n and HP.

131. 1. 1: second sign'T.

133. first sign 4^, last f*.

137. second word; last sign BR] or H. PM IV, fig. 681.

144. 1. 1: fourth sign perhaps "J"; 1. 2: third and fourth |jfjj;

cf. 902, 909.

145. 1. 5: fourth sign -|-; illegible signs after J™; I 6:

probably [j

148. 1. 2: last sign

149. 1. 1: first sign tf?; 1. 2: first sign I.

150. first sign probably "P.

153. turned on vertical axis, a 1. 3 first sign «J>; cf. 323

154. 1. 1: last sign nt ; 1. 2: last sign "^j.

166. 1. 1: sign after W may be ^.

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