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The Problem of Semitic in Ancient Crete
Michael C. Astour
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 87, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1967), pp. 290-295

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Did Gordon prove his point? In this reviewer's opinion, and with the author's own reservations about some of his "tentative suggestions," he certainly did. The systematic presentation of the Minoan-Eteocretan linguistic picture will be of very great interest to those acquainted with ancient Semitic languages and able to evaluate Gordon's findings on their proper ground. Hitherto, the scholars' general reluctance to agree with Gordon's earlier publications on this topic was caused not so much by linguistic criteria as by a certain almost inborn incredulity stemming from a deeply rooted set of preconceptions.

One of the frequently heard arguments is that Linear A is allegedly "undeciphered" and therefore no understanding of it is possible. Those who say so commit a fault of terminology (this is also true for Gordon's own use of the term "decipherment"). With Johannes Friedrich, a distinction must be made between "decipherment" (establishing the phonetic values of an unknown script) and "interpretation", i.e. establishing the semantic values of an unknown language written in a readable script.

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