Phoenician & Kharoṣṭhī proposals

From: Christopher Fynn (
Date: Sat May 29 2004 - 21:28:14 CDT

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    I find it interesting to compare the furore over the Phoenician
    proposal with the total calm over the Kharoṣṭhī proposal [N2732] - an
    archaic script in which some Sanskrit and Sanskritized Gāndhārī texts

    Couldn't the same arguments the Semiticists who would unify Phoenician
    with Hebrew are making be just as easily made by Sanskritists to say that
    Kharoṣṭhī should be unified with Devanagri? After all ancient Sanskrit
    texts in whatever script are traditionally written and published in
    Devanagri or Latin transliteration by scholars that deal with them,
    just as it is claimed that Phoenician texts are written and published in
    modern Hebrew characters or transliteration by scholars. Gāndhārī
    probably has a similar relationship to Devanagri as Phoenician has to
    modern Hebrew. There are going to be exactly the same things to deal
    with in searching texts etc as Peter, Elaine and Dean worry about with
    Phoenician - yet we don't have any howls of disapproval over Kharoṣṭhī
    from Sanskritists.

    Maybe it's because Indic scholars are more accustomed to reading
    different scripts - or perhaps the software people in India are better
    than those the Semitic scholars have? :-) Of course Semiticists could
    always out-source their work to Bangalore or Hyderabad :-)

    - Chris

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