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Cypriot Syllabary
(2,569 words)


The Cypriot syllabary was used in Cyprus between the 8th and 3rd c. BCE, together with the Greek and Phoenician alphabetic scripts. It recorded the Greek-Cypriot dialect and one more language, the so-called ‘Eteocypriot’. The script was used mainly in Cyprus, but inscriptions are also attested in Egypt. The script used 55 signs in its more widely used variety (the ‘common’ syllabary) and 54 signs in a local variety attested in the area of Paphos (the ‘P…

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Artemis Karnava, “Cypriot Syllabary”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000084>
First published online: 2013

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