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We present a procedure for the systematic estimation of the dispersion properties of linear discrete systems with periodic time-varying coefficients. The approach relies on the analysis of a single unit cell, making use of Bloch theorem along with the application of a harmonic balance methodology over an imposed solution ansatz. The solution of the resulting eigenvalue problem is followed by a procedure that selects the eigen-solutions corresponding to the ansatz, which is a plane wave defined by a frequency-wavenumber pair. Examples on spring-mass superlattices demonstrate the effectiveness of the method at predicting the dispersion behavior of linear elastic media. The matrix formulation of the problem suggests the broad applicability of the proposed technique. Furthermore, it is shown how dispersion can inform about the dynamic behavior of time-modulated finite lattices. The technique can be extended to multiple areas of physics, such as acoustic, elastic and electromagnetic systems, where periodic time-varying material properties may be used to obtain non-reciprocal wave propagation. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.