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Constructing word similarities in Meroitic as an aid to decipherment

Reginald Smith

Meroitic is the still undeciphered phonetic script of the ancient civilisation of Kush. Various techniques for decipherment have been tried with limited success, including seeking bilingual texts, or attempting to identify cognates from modern or other ancient languages in the Sudan and surrounding areas. Using techniques borrowed from information theory and natural language statistics, similar words are paired and attempts are made to use currently defined words to extract at least partial meaning from unknown words.

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Smith, R. 'Constructing word similarities in Meroitic as an aid to decipherment', BMSAES 12 (2009), 1–10.
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