2010年12月04日

古ゲール語

1996/8/6, posted by Dennis Stallings

Here's a good crackpot idea: Old Gaelic! It was written in a Latin alphabet with 5 vowels and 13 consonants. Just about what we're looking for! An accent mark was placed over vowels to indicate a long vowel. A dot was placed over a consonant to indicate that it was "aspirated". "Aspirated" does not mean the modern linguistic term but rather that the consonant is changed, often that a stop is changed to the corresponding fricative (bh = v, ch = voiceless velar fricative). In modern Gaelic an "h" is placed after the consonant rather than a dot placed over it. Suppose that one Voynich character is the "h"? Then we get a lot of consonant phonemes with maybe half the characters!

I wrote the preceding paragraph with a very broad grin on my face, for I know very little about Gaelic. However, it illustrates my idea. Suppose that one Voynich character were used, like "h" in Gaelic, mostly to modify the preceding character to represent a different phoneme. Suppose that this one character were used widely in that role, so that 8-10 different characters were modified to a different phoneme. Would our tests show that this one character was a vowel? If so, that would explain a lot of things!
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