The Indus Script: A Positional-Statistical Approach
Since the discovery of the Indus Civilization, the meaning of the enigmatic Indus script remains hidden in its four hundred characters. While many would-be-decipherers have attempted to unravel its meaning with the aid of a presumed underlying language, none of these attempts has proven successful. In response, the approach taken in this work does not preclude an underlying language, but offers an alternate approach where the positional patterns of the Indus signs are investigated in an attempt to segment the character strings. Michael Korvink is a former instructor of International Studies at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and now works in the private sector.
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THE MODEL APPLIED
analysis archaeological record Asko Parpola Bonta boustrophedon concordance constant sign difﬁculties discussed example extricated Final 0 Total ﬁnal position ﬁnd ﬁrst ﬁsh signs frequency and syntax grid Harappan Civilization Hence high frequency Ibid individual frequencies individual signs Indus Civilization Indus script Indus Valley Script infer initial placement initial position Iravatham Mahadevan isolate Jonathan Mark Kenoyer Kondratov Let us examine line of script line of text linear order listed medial information Medial Medial Medial Medial Medial Preﬁx medial placement medial position medial signs Mohenjo-Daro number of signs Pair Figure pairwise combination Pairwise Frequency pictographic polygram positional breakdown Positional Distribution Positional Order positional slot preﬁx and terminal preﬁxing signs process of elimination seen separate idea separate unit signiﬁcant signs occur similar single sign Solo 0 Initial Solo 0 Solo stamp seals sufﬁxes syntactical Terminal Medial Medial Terminal Medial Preﬁx terminal signs thesis trigram unit of information variable signs variants