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The ancient Libyco-Berber inscriptions of Canary Islands – Part 1

Tomi S. Melka
  • Independent Researcher, Las Palmas de G.C. E-35007, Spain
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Published Online: 2014-11-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/glot-2014-0015


Working out the Old Libyco-Berber (LB) writings found on the Canary Islands (CI) is a long and painstaking task. Scholars have struggled with their provenance, meaning(s), common and different features with North African cognates, scribal communities, and the assumed time-span.

In this review-paper, laying theoretical guiding lines for the understanding of the successive patterns and signs is considered an advantage. Nonetheless, high-staked claims as for the origin and the decipherment of the inscriptions are eluded, with plausible scenarios being offered. While corpus enlargement and qualitative and quantitative methods stand for the correct pursuit of the Libyco-Berber scholarship, multi-disciplinary and coordinated research should gain momentum too.

Keywords: abjad; decipherment; Canary Islands; Libyco-Berber writings; pre-Conquest groups; short inscriptions

Published Online: 2014-11-07

Published in Print: 2014-11-01

Citation Information: Glottotheory. Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 157–184, ISSN (Online) 2196-6907, ISSN (Print) 1337-7892, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/glot-2014-0015, November 2014

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