The Meroitic “Initial a” Sign as Griffith’s Initial Aleph

  title={The Meroitic “Initial a” Sign as Griffith’s Initial Aleph},
  author={Kirsty Rowan},
  journal={Zeitschrift f{\"u}r {\"A}gyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde},
  pages={70 - 84}
  • Kirsty Rowan
  • Published 1 June 2015
  • Linguistics
  • Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde
Summary This paper reassesses the sound value of the Meroitic sign traditionally defined as ‘initial a’. This sign is termed ‘initial a’ due to its non-occurrence anywhere other than word-initially in the Meroitic script. A re-evaluation of the evidence for its representation indicates that this sign should be considered as a syllable sign comprised of a glottal stop and the inherent unmarked ‘a’ vowel. Therefore, this sign is likely to be representative of a CV sign, which was one of Griffith… 


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