The Languages of Harappa: Early Linguistic Data and the Indus civilization

  title={The Languages of Harappa: Early Linguistic Data and the Indus civilization},
  author={M. Witzel},
Each year, or as it seems, by now every other month, we see a new decipherment of the Indus script. Beyond G. Possehl's fifty-odd examples (Possehl 1996), there must be some dozens more, by now frequently found on the internet. However, as is well known, neither is the script itself well understood nor do we know on which language it is based and for which languages it has been used. In this paper, I am not going to add myself to the long list of failures of decipherment of the script. Instead… Expand
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