Recently I read several papers and articles on an interesting website, about Indus script. That website is indeed a valuable resource. I am not professional researcher like them. Just that I have some doubts and I am in process of clarifying it. At some points people indeed came from outside India to India. But who? When? From where? There is a lot more to ancient Indian history than linguistic influence.
I read a paper (http://www.safarmer.com/fsw2.pdf) about statistical studies of sign frequencies. One interesting thing pointed out in the paper is
“High sign repetition rates in the Indus corpus overall contrast sharply with low sign repetition rates in individual inscriptions.”
I was thinking about it and wondering if this low local repetition could be intentional. The one area where local sound repetition would be undesirable is names of people. I had observed that the sounds in the same vocal group (groups as described at http://www.omniglot.com/writing/devanagari.htm) are almost never repeated in names. e.g. the sound k and kh would never appear in same name. Only exception is rare repetition of k and k itself.
So I took 50 names (first names and last names) from alumni list of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, which gave me a good set of random names. I wrote them down in Devanagari script (in which I have mother tongue proficiency) and analyzed for repetition of symbols. These are what you call “Ligatured” symbols, as described in the omniglot page above.
Total 100 name words (50 first names and 50 last names)
Number of times when symbols get exactly repeated in the same name word – 3
Number of times a consonant symbol is repeated (this is close match, so can lead to being reported “repeat” if symbol has wear and tear) – 15
Total number of symbols – 322
3 symbols repeated in 322 = about 5 symbols repeated in 500 characters. Give and take a couple of consonant symbols repetitions, which are close match, and this closely matches to the statistics you present in Table 1 on Page 33. (7 symbols repeated in 500 characters.)
Also the fact that the symbols are present on pottery before the pots were broken could point to the fact that they were names of owners of that pottery.
Also the symbols consist of several clearly identifiable objects like a fish, a wheel, etc. Many times the last names represent the profession, like Smith. So could a fish symbol have something to do with last name “Fisherman” ?
My point is in case of symbol repetition in phonetic writing, names show different behavior than general words. And the behavior of Indus inscriptions matches with the behavior of names written in today’s most common phonetic Indian script. I wonder if any work has been done in this direction?
I have attached a image file here, which includes all my work described above.
Could Indus seals really be a writing script that has not been deciphered yet? If yes, then what secrets this script holds about ancient Indian history?
We need a lot more research.