( 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)|
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.