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Media: Science Magazine: The Indus Script--Write or Wrong

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Message 1: Science Magazine: The Indus Script--Write or Wrong

Date: 18-Dec-2004
From: Chilin Shih <clsuiuc.edu>
Subject: Science Magazine: The Indus Script--Write or Wrong


This week's Science Magazine (17 December, 2004. Vol. 306 No. 5704)
 features an article on the Indus Valley Script, asking whether it is a
 writing system or not.  This article is based on collaborative work of
 Steve Farmer, an independent comparative historian from Portola Valley,
 California; Richard Sproat, a computational linguist from the University of
 Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and Michael Witzel, Wales Professor of Sanskrit
 from Harvard University.
 
 Science Magazine (http://www.sciencemag.org/) is by subscription only, and is
 accessible through most university library systems.
 
 The research article that the Science report is based on, 'The Collapse of
 the Indus-Script Thesis: The Myth of a Literate Harappan Civilization' by
 Farmer, Sproat, and Witzel, is accessible at:
 
 http://compling.ai.uiuc.edu/indus/
 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                      Computational Linguistics
                      Historical Linguistics
                      Writing Systems
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