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cypriot-syllabary

Cypriot syllabary

The Cypriot syllabary is a syllabic script used in Iron Age Cyprus, from ca. the 11th up to the 4th century BC, when it was replaced by the Greek alphabet. A pioneer of that change was king Evagoras of Salamis. It is descended from the Cypro-Minoan syllabary, in turn a variant or derivative of Linear A. Most texts using the script are in the Arcadocypriot dialect of Greek, but some bilingual (Greek and Eteocypriot) inscriptions were found in Amathus.

The script was decpihered in 19th century by G. Smith due to a Phoenician-Cypriot bilingual inscription.

Sign inventory:

-a -e -i -o -u
𐠀 𐠁 𐠂 𐠃 𐠄
w- 𐠲 𐠳 𐠴 𐠵
z- 𐠼 𐠿
j- 𐠅 𐠈
k- 𐠊 𐠋 𐠌 𐠍 𐠎
l- 𐠏 𐠐 𐠑 𐠒 𐠓
m- 𐠔 𐠕 𐠖 𐠗 𐠘
n- 𐠙 𐠚 𐠛 𐠜 𐠝
ks- 𐠷 𐠸
p- 𐠞 𐠟 𐠠 𐠡 𐠢
r- 𐠣 𐠤 𐠥 𐠦 𐠧
s- 𐠨 𐠩 𐠪 𐠫 𐠬
t- 𐠭 𐠮 𐠯 𐠰 𐠱

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