Paired Horse and PIE breakup

Georg von Simson g.v.simson at EAST.UIO.NO
Wed Nov 4 10:42:39 UTC 1998

Miguel Carrasquer Vidal wrote:
>The oldest known Indian scripts (apart from the IVC script, that is),
>are Kharos.t.hi: (5th c. BC?) and Bra:hmi: (3rd. c. BC?).

But see Harry Falk: Schrift im alten Indien. Tuebingen, 1993 (a very
detailed research report!):   The Kharos.t.hi script was probably invented
only shortly before Ashoka and the Brahmi under Ashoka. There does not seem
to exist convincing evidence for Kharos.t.hi beginning as early as the 5th
c. BC.

> The most widely accepted theory is that Kharosthi (surely) and Brahmi
> (most likely) are derived from the Aramaic alphabet

See again Falk, who argues for the Brahmi script being influenced by both
Kharosthi and Greek script, but - in contradistinction to Kharosthi - not
directly by the Aramaic script.
As for the rest: thank you for the useful survey!

Best regards

Georg v. Simson

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