Once more into the breach, I decided I would take another shot at the ever-elusive properties of the Voynich Manuscript, this time setting my sights on the line statistics, where in the past curioser and curioser properties of the word length distribution have been observed.
I had made up my mind to examine these effects more closely, and especially answer the question whether the line is a “functional unit” (ie, whether it “plays a role”) in the enciphering of the VM or not.
Here is the resulting paper:
the_voynich_line (ca. 500kB)
It’s about twelve pages. Click “more” or see below, if you want to have the short answer.
Comments and suggestions welcome, as always!