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The Caroline Islands Script: A Linguistic Confrontation

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According to Sohn, the Caroline Islands refer to the islands of Woleai Atoll, Ulithi, Fais, Sorol, Eauripik, Faraulep, Ifaluk, Elato, Puluwat, Lamotrek and Satawal. Imbelloni and Barthel speak of a possible link between the undeciphered Easter Island script and the Caroline Islands script. Riesenberg & Kaneshiro mention a Japanese scholar, Someki, who visited the islands. He recorded thirty-eight characters collected from different islands. The origin of the two sets of symbols form an important part of Riesenberg & Kaneshiro's research. Type 1 and type 2 are the names for two sets of symbols making up the Caroline Islands script. Riesenberg & Kaneshiro found 97 characters in the Caroline Islands script. All of them have consonant + vowel, semivowel + vowel or vowel values. Smith introduced fifty phonemes for the Woleaian language with single phonemes represented by more than one symbol in more than half of the proposed alphabet.

Keywords: Caroline islands script; Kaneshiro; Riesenberg; Smith; Sohn



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