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3 Szemerényi (1956). §31. Consonants 1. Disappearance of [w] (digamma) from the time of the earliest inscriptions. 2. In µ σο , σο etc. 8a). 3. -Ion. as in Myc. 9). This gives the characteristic 3 plur. ending -ουσι [-o:si] < *-ονσι (WGk. 6c. ˙ attic only: 4. In ρ ττω, ττων, etc. 8), and very occasionally in Thessaly. 5. ). ionic only: 6. 10): loss of the aspirate, an areal development which affected eastern Aeolic (Lesbian) as well as eastern Ionic. Central Ionic and Euboea for the most part retained the aspirate.

This script was adapted from an earlier syllabary used in Cyprus known as Cypro-Minoan, since it is clearly related to Cretan Linear A. CyproMinoan is attested (in slightly different forms) from the XVI to the XII centuries bc, and may have been used to record more than one language (but probably not Greek). The classical Cypriot syllabary was better suited to writing Greek than Linear B had been, in that it differentiated l from r and represented final -n and -s. But it made no distinction between voiced (b, d, g), voiceless (p, t, k), or aspirate (ph, t h, k h) stops, and had no means of indicating aspiration or vowel length.

1 §19. , when they were gradually usurped by the Ionic alphabet. 10), reused the aspirate sign Η for long e (eta): then they created a sign for the corresponding long o by opening up o to make Ω. Neither nor was used: because the sound [w] disappeared early in Ionic, and because it was functionally irrelevant (the difference between front and back velars in Greek is not phonemic). Ionia standardized the alphabet (and an ‘official’ epigraphic dialect) at an early stage, and to this extent was atypical.

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