|The Global Prehistory Consortium at EURO INNOVANET|
IT IS NOT ALPHABETICAL BUT CONSISTS OF A MIX OF IDEOGRAMS AND SYLLABIC ELEMENTS, THE FORMER MORE NUMEROUS THAN THE LATTER.
Two complex inscriptions stand out on the mouth-cheeks and forehead of this mignon (only 5 centimetre) mask worn by a terracotta statuette. They are probably a mixture of ideograms and syllabilic elements.
the Balkan-Danube script possess a merely visual value or did it also
have a phonetic one? Did it therefore express the sounds of an oral
language in graphic signs? Today the script continues to maintain its
secrets and it is still arguable whether it was made up of pictographic
signs (representing objects or concepts by means of schematic, but quite
realistic, drawings) and ideograms, or whether it associated written
signs to a phonetic structure (in words or syllables). We do not even
know what kind of language these populations actually spoke.
proto-European script is probably logico-phonetic; it embodies both
ideograms and signs corresponding to the spoken language. In particular,
the ideographic symbols seem to indicate entire words and are prevalent
both in number and role.
up, the additional small graphic markers are used, when writing a text,
to point out the different grammatical aspects or the implications of
a basic concept expressed by an elementary sign, or else to indicate
the phonetic element (probably a syllabic one) in a language unknown
to us. (Merlini