On 21 Dec 2012, at 14:26, MorphemeAddict <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Given abundant written text in a language you don't know, how much can you determine about that language, using only the texts themselves (I.e., no reference grammars, no dictionaries, etc.)? Can its grammar be deduced? The meaning of any of its words? How would you go about determining them?

Unless there are illustrations, pretty much all you can work out is the number system and maybe some of the entities which have been counted. 

Cf. Linear A. 

Michael Everson *