In the comparative study of writing systems, there is a tendency to suppose that the signary of each system has a fixed form--whether it be the 26 letters of the English alphabet, the 50 or so syllabograms
of the Japanese katakana, or the many hundreds of logograms of Egyptian hieroglyphic.
It contains excellent palaeographic studies, tables of syllabograms
, and catalogues of Fara-period texts (correlated where possible with their archaeological find spots), bibliographies to individual tablets, and much more.
But by the time syllabograms
and logograms had made their entry in their multiple permutations, I was glad to be saved by Veldhuis's statement (p.
As long as the signs LUGAL and SA are not used as syllabograms
outside the words sarru and libbu it is not advisable to write these words with sar and lib.