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Re: VMs: Entropy, was WAR against EVA

This was the case for linear-b.  But the biggest problem there is that noone could get it through their minds that it was, in fact, Greek.  The insistence that it was "Minoan" slowed down their translation efforts. 

Larry Roux
Syracuse University

>>> kazil@xxxxxxxxxx 03/04/03 02:30PM >>>
> One of my long-held suspicions is that the VMS may simply be an obfuscated
> shorthand, or (more precisely) an obfuscated tachygraphic ("fast writing")
> system.

In fact this would fit the "monoalphabetic substitution of N-character glyphs"  theory. One
shorthand symbol would probably stand for one syllable. So an N:M substitution. If you take into
account the "latin abbreviation" culture of the times it woudn't even be so innovative.

I read some books on deciphering and codes but they don't often mention syllable-based encoding
schemes. Wasn't the problem with hieroglyphics and  linear-b that they encoded syllables and *not*
words or single characters?

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