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Science. 2009 May 29;324(5931):1165. doi: 10.1126/science.1170391. Epub 2009 Apr 23.

Entropic evidence for linguistic structure in the Indus script.

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  • 1Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. rao@cs.washington.edu

Abstract

The script of the ancient Indus civilization remains undeciphered. The hypothesis that the script encodes language has recently been questioned. Here, we present evidence for the linguistic hypothesis by showing that the script's conditional entropy is closer to those of natural languages than various types of nonlinguistic systems.

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