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Re: VMs: What are Neal keys
On the first line of text (and typically about 60%-70% along that line) on
many pages, you can often find an accentuated pair of gallows (normally
p-gallows) containing a text sequence - these are Neal keys
Philip Neal first pointed these out to me a few years ago, so I'd look for
a proper description from him - AFAIK he was the first to notice them
(hence their name), but I don't know if he's undertaken a systematic check
for them since the sidfiles arrived.
What I pointed out is that you seldom get a Voynich word
which ends in a gallows character or, what amounts to the
same thing, a gallows character followed by a space. The few
cases where it happens tend to occur rather more than half
way across the first line of a page. I have statistics somewhere,
based on the Takehashi transcription.
I am not committed to the idea that such gallows end a
key sequence though it is a plausible suggestion (also
the term 'Neal keys' was not coined by me). What I do
think is that these gallows are evidence that the text
displays a kind of periodicity above the level of individual
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