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Meaning of "Linear B" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF LINEAR B

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LINEAR B

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Linear B is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES LINEAR B MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Linear B

Linear B

Linear B is a syllabic script that was used for writing Mycenaean Greek, the earliest attested form of Greek. The script predates the Greek alphabet by several centuries. The oldest Mycenaean writing dates to about 1450 BC. It is descended from the older Linear A, an undeciphered earlier script used for writing the Minoan language, as is the later Cypriot syllabary, which also recorded Greek. Linear B, found mainly in the palace archives at Knossos, Cydonia, Pylos, Thebes and Mycenae, disappeared with the fall of Mycenaean civilization during the Bronze Age Collapse. The succeeding period, known as the Greek Dark Ages, provides no evidence of the use of writing. It is also the only one of the three "Linears" to be deciphered, by young English architect and self-taught linguist, Michael Ventris. Linear B consists of around 87 syllabic signs and over 100 ideographic signs. These ideograms or "signifying" signs symbolize objects or commodities. They have no phonetic value and are never used as word signs in writing a sentence. The application of Linear B appears to have been confined to administrative contexts.

Definition of Linear B in the English dictionary

The definition of Linear B in the dictionary is an ancient system of writing, apparently a modified form of Linear A, found on clay tablets and jars of the second millennium bc The earliest excavated examples, dating from about 1400, came from Knossos, in Crete, but all the later finds are at Pylos and Mycenae on the Greek mainland, dating from the 14th–12th centuries. The script is generally accepted as being an early representation of Mycenaean Greek.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LINEAR B

Linear A

WORDS THAT END LIKE LINEAR B

B & B
B Sky B
hepatitis B
R & B
Sirius B
Tocharian B
vitamin B

Synonyms and antonyms of Linear B in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «Linear B» into 25 languages

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Translator English - Chinese

线形文字B
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

lineal B
570 millions of speakers

English

Linear B
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

लीनियर बी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الخطي B
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Линейное письмо Б
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

Linear B
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

লিনিয়ার বি
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

linéaire B
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Linear B
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

linear B
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

線文字B
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

선형 B
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Linear B
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

tuyến tính B
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நேரியல் பி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

लीनियर बी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Doğrusal B
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

lineare B
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

liniowy B
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

лінійне письмо Б
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

Linear B
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

Γραμμική Β
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

lineêre B
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

Linjär B
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

Linear B
5 millions of speakers

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about Linear B

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LINEAR B»

Discover the use of Linear B in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to Linear B and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Deciphering of Linear B and the ...
But, captivating as it is, this story is missing a crucial piece.
Margalit Fox, 2013
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The Decipherment of Linear B
It is not simply a matter of reducing the early pictorial signs to simpler and more easily written forms, for in some instances the Linear B forms are more elaborate than their Linear A counterparts. Evans suggested that Linear B was a 'royal' ...
John Chadwick, 1990
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Companion to Linear B: Mycenean Greek Texts and Their World
The tablets written in this script offer crucial information about the economy, administration, religion, institutions, etc. of the Mycenaean period. But who wrote these texts? What types of texts were they?
Yves Duhoux, 2011
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Linear B: An Introduction
Details and decyphers the dead language of Linear B
J.T. Hooker, 1991
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Linear B, a 1984 Survey: Proceedings of the Mycenaean ...
(Peeters 1985)
Anna Morpurgo Davies, Yves Duhoux, 1985
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The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris
“Highly readable . . . a fitting tribute to the quiet outsider who taught the professionals their business and increased our knowledge of the human past.”—Archaeology Odyssey
Andrew Robinson, 2012
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The Linear B Decipherment Controversy Re-Examined
Examines the evidence for the phonetic value of individual Linear B characters.
Saul Levin, 1964
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Writing Systems: A Linguistic Introduction
In this chapter we shall examine an orthography which was much more neatly logical: the 'Linear B' script used to write an early form of the Greek language during part of the -2nd millennium, well before the Greeks first encountered alphabetic ...
Geoffrey Sampson, 1985
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Corpus of Mycenaean Inscriptions from Knossos: Volume 4, ...
PREFACE The publication of the fourth volume of this Corpus completes a long- standing ambition. Ever since I first handled Linear B tablets in the Iraklion Museum, I have been aware of the need for a formal and definitive publication of these ...
John Chadwick, L. Godart, J. T. Killen, 1999
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The Ancient Greeks: New Perspectives
How to Read Linear B The Linear B writing system is a syllabery, in which each sign represents either a vowel sound or the combination of a consonant and a vowel,such as a or ba. No individual consonant, or pair of consonants together, can ...
Stephanie Lynn Budin, 2004

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LINEAR B»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term Linear B is used in the context of the following news items.
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Increased anterior insula activity in anxious individuals is linked to …
To account for variability of the shape of the BOLD response, each task context was modeled as the sum of piecewise linear B-spline basis ... «Nature.com, Jun 15»
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Charlotte 'Laney' Lagenstein crowned Queen of Carnival 2015
THE CHEVRON DESIGN MIMICS THE ONE HER GRANDMOTHER HAD WHEN SHE WAS CLEAN AND THE LINEAR B ADDING IS SIMILAR ... «WDSU New Orleans, Feb 15»
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New Research suggests recent phonetic decipherment of the …
The analogous forms in Linear A and Linear B, the forms resembling that on the Phaistos disc, would have resulted from a syllabic borrowing ... «Ancient Origins, Nov 14»
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The List: Four of the best codebreakers
The ancient Bronze Age script known as “Linear B” was eventually cracked in 1952 by English linguist Michael Ventris but new reports suggest ... «Financial Times, Nov 14»
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Maverick or phoney: why Balotelli has nothing in common with …
Reading Lovelock's book reminded me of another autonomous scholar, Michael Ventris, who deciphered Linear B, the oldest comprehensible ... «New Statesman, Nov 14»
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I didn't create the Twitter essay genre. I just made it popular
Ong noted one of earliest syllabic scripts (Linear B for recording Mycenaean Greek) was used largely to make lists. 43. Writing began as a ... «The Globe and Mail, Nov 14»
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Scientists Finally Crack The Code Of The Ancient 'Phaistos Disk'
Using what previous studies have shown about Cretan hieroglyphics, and the scripts Minoan Linear A and Mycenaean Linear B from ancient ... «Huffington Post, Oct 14»
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Joe McPhee, Daniel Levin And Chris Corsano At Firehouse 12
... Music" on albums like "Topology" and "Linear B." Or check out "What/If/They Both Could Fly," a recent collaboration with like-minded explorer ... «Hartford Courant, Oct 14»
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In the galleries: A celebration of language from antiquity
With works named for Lazarus and Agamemnon, and text in the proto-Greek Linear B, “About Face” is a classicist's playground. An assemblage ... «Washington Post, Sep 14»
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The lost art of listening
... at the University of Salzburg in 1992, when I passed around a postcard that had a photo of Linear B tablets and asked simple Hard Rain-style ... «Times Higher Education, Sep 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Linear B [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/linear-b>. May 2019 ».
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