Non-Connective Behaviour of the Particle –Qe in the Linear B Documents from Pylos

Ester Salgarella

This paper examines the non-connective behaviour of the particle -qe on Linear B administrative documents. In Mycenaean -qe usually performs a connective function as a coordinating particle. However, in a number of instances on Pylos documents its behaviour cannot be interpreted as connective. By examining the occurrences of the particle in those contexts where it is understood to perform a non-connecting function and by assessing the interpretations so far advanced to account for such idiosyncratic behaviour, this paper offers an alternative explanation of this peculiar usage of the particle -qe, viewed against the administrative backdrop of information management (recording and retrieval) and storage.

Ester Salgarella is Junior Research Fellow at St. John’s College, Cambridge.
Full Bibliographic Reference

Salgarella E. 2019, Non-Connective Behaviour of the Particle –qe in the Linear B Documents from Pylos, SMEA NS 5, 71-84.

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KEYWORDS

Mycenaean particles; Mycenaean -qe; Pylos E Class; Mycenaean epigraphy; Mycenaean linguistics
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