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Question 12

Language and Linguistics
Writing Systems

Appeared in Year: 2021



Multiple Select Question (MSQ) , carry One mark each (no negative marks)

Three different ways of writing a single word in the Mayan script are given below. The glyphs (i-ii) are of a single word [ba՚lam] meaning ‘jaguar.’ What can we conclude about the Mayan writing system from the examples provided?

Three Different Ways of Writing a Single Word


Choice (4)Response


The glyphs use the rebus principle, part sound part meaning


The glyphs can be logograms, mean whole words


The glyphs can be syllabic


All a., b. and c. are correct

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