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The Mercer quote was found on sacredtexts.com. I’ll leave you all to the apparently huge task of clarifying the groundwork that led to transliterating Egyptian hieroglyphs into the current understanding of them. If I thought there was a straight and simple answer out there somewhere, I might ask why there is such certainty that the images represented sounds that could be linked to an alphabet rather than entire words. I’m curious but the earliest Sumerian symbols (pre-cuneiform) are my subject, so I’ll leave it at that. Note that I don’t refer to them as proto-cuneiform because this is the study of a pre-existing symbolic (pictographic) language that degenerated into abstraction (cuneiform), not the usual understanding of it as the beginning of intelligent communication - that led to our current sad state of bickering, obfuscation and misinterpretation.
I wish you good progress!
Madeleine

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The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 943 Duketown 30-Nov-18 12:46
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Re: Jean-François Champollion's "Opening Speech…” 267 Duketown 30-Nov-18 16:46
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 289 MDaines 01-Dec-18 08:55
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Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 256 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 15:04
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Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 242 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 15:15
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Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 270 Manu 01-Dec-18 15:38
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 269 Duketown 01-Dec-18 16:03
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 244 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 16:11
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 275 Manu 01-Dec-18 16:18
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 274 Duketown 01-Dec-18 16:29
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 240 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 17:05
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 194 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 17:33
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 259 Duketown 01-Dec-18 17:47
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 227 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 18:44
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 272 Duketown 01-Dec-18 18:58
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 215 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 19:07
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 265 Duketown 01-Dec-18 19:25
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 202 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 19:37
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 266 Duketown 01-Dec-18 19:52
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 192 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 20:13
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 236 Duketown 01-Dec-18 20:25
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 194 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 20:35
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 284 Duketown 01-Dec-18 20:42
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 209 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 20:47
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 254 Duketown 01-Dec-18 20:57
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 330 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 21:22
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 238 Duketown 01-Dec-18 22:23
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 227 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 22:32
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 244 cladking 01-Dec-18 22:50
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 223 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 22:56
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 245 cladking 01-Dec-18 23:11
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 283 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 23:16
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 305 Manu 01-Dec-18 18:24
Egyptian Language Crash Course 352 Manu 01-Dec-18 16:35
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 247 Duketown 01-Dec-18 15:32
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 195 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 16:15
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 272 Duketown 01-Dec-18 17:28
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 200 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 18:20
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 294 Duketown 01-Dec-18 18:30
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 280 Martin Stower 01-Dec-18 18:56
Re: The rationale for glyph sounds expressed in modern alphabet 275 Duketown 01-Dec-18 22:42


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