Archaeological artifacts bearing Linear A inscriptions number 1,440, including 20 found outside Crete. Of 178
syllabic letters, about 50 are similar to those of Linear B, but only 5 of these could with any certainty be identified
as corresponding directly to Linear B symbols or the Cypro-Minoan syllabary system.
Aſt er the deciphering of Linear B, eff orts to decipher Linear A multiplied in the hope that the phonetic values
of the symbols in the two scripts would not prove to be substantially diff erent. The diffi culties which objectively
arose with the decryption of a syllabic, and therefore an incomplete, free form script, naturally led to the alleged
identifi cation in Linear A texts of words from Semitic (H. Gordon3), Luwian (L. Palmer4), Proto-Indo-European (Vl.
Georgiev5), Hittite (S. Davis6) or Hittite-Luwian languages. The publications of Paul Faure7 are the exception, in
that he identifi es Greek words which are inscribed on fi bulae (pins or brooches), as I have mentioned in my book
on the Linear A script.
For my book “Linear A - A Contribution to the Understanding of an Aegean Script”, I undertook the study of a
total of 55 inscriptions on tablets and other artifacts and 830 of the 1,020 engraved sealstones. This quantity
corresponds to 65% of all 1,430 documented Linear A inscriptions.
Based on the known dialects in historical times, Linear B, as we shall see, can be classifi ed morphologically,
phonologically and syntactically in the same category as Arcadian or Arcado-Cypriot, whilst in Linear A words
can be distinguished which probably belong to an early Aeolian dialect with elements of the Arcadian. Something
similar probably occurs in Cyprus. Indeed, an engraved inscription on a bronze obelos from a tomb at Skales,
Palaepaphos is in Cypriot-Minoan script. The word o-pe-le-ta-u (= Opheltas) can be identifi ed on it, a type of
Arcado-Cypriot dialect. The form of the word o-pe-le-ta-u, which is the genetive case of the name o-pe-le-ta
in the Arcadian dialect, has a diff erent ending than would be expected in the Mycenaean script, which would take
the form o-pe-le-ta-ο.
The comparison of Cypriot-Minoan with Linear A has led to the conclusion that the relationship between these two
scripts is much stronger than the one between Linear A and Linear B. Thus the connection between Linear A and
Cypriot-Minoan is now considered a strong one.