Linguistics

1507 Submissions

[2] viXra:1507.0212 [pdf] submitted on 2015-07-28 21:06:22

On the Brahmi-Indus Connection (a New Passage to Indus Script Decipherment)

Authors: Sai Venkatesh Balasubramanian
Comments: 8 Pages.

The origins of the Indus Valley Civilization are shrouded in mystery. Two significant questions from this unsolved historical problem are the origins of the Brahmi and Indus scripts. In this light, the present paper performs a omparative feature based study of the Brahmi, Indus and Aramaic scripts, decisively proving that the Brahmi is indeed more closer to the Indus script than to Aramaic. Based on this result, and other established partial decipherments thus far, a hypothesis proposing the two-subsets nature of the Indus script is proposed. Separate phonetic and pictographic sets corresponding to Sanskrit and Tamil are identified, pointing towards a new way of comprehensively deciphering the Indus script.
Category: Linguistics

[1] viXra:1507.0198 [pdf] submitted on 2015-07-27 07:23:07

Kshetra Naamaavali - Tracing Sanskrit Names of Countries using Etymology

Authors: Sai Venkatesh Balasubramanian
Comments: 8 Pages.

Etymology, as the flagship study of linguistics, relates phonetic aspects of words in different languages through the connected meanings. The present paper provides a listing of names of countries and continents (modern and ancient included) and through the etymologies in the source languages, reconstructs the Sanskrit names for such countries. The ability to reconstruct Sanskrit etymologies of country names with etymological roots in a diverse collection of languages with reasonable phonetic closeness suggests at a common link between diverse language families of the world, and forms the highlight of the present paper.
Category: Linguistics