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( a script )

Type of script: Abugida
Script category: North Indic scripts
Period of use: 500 B.C.E. - 300 C.E.
Writing-direction: Right to left
Parent script: Aramaic script (show family tree)
Names: Kharoshthi

The oldest Indian script, excepting the Indus script; almost certainly derived from Aramaic. It was developed in much the same way as Greek: in adapting an abjad to a non-Semitic language, a mechanism to indicate vowels was added. In Greek separate vowel symbols were added, but in Kharoshthi vowels are indicated through systematic modifications to the consonant symbols.

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Lars Marius Garshol, Ontopian.