Языки и литературы тюркских народов

53 L. Károly, J. Rentzsch An online database of Turkic runiform inscriptions The Turkic peoples of the Eurasian steppe zone have developed their own runiform writing system for different purposes such as religious needs and official communication. Although the script was deciphered already in 1893 by Vilhelm Thomsen and since then thou- sands of scientific publications have been devoted to runiform studies, there have remained many fundamental matters which are still much debated or even have been neglected. Moreover, a significant number of inscriptions have not yet been deciphered. Therefore we aim at establishing an on-line digital database of all the hitherto discovered runiform inscriptions. The database will present the sources in a systematic fashion and provide a featureful interface for scientific analysis and comparison. By means of further extensions a special emphasis will be put on the not completely deci- phered inscriptions because it is hoped that a computer based analy- sis of systematically stored and organized information can yield new research results. In the first part of the presentation the state of the art in runi- form studies will be considered whereby an overview of the still open and debated issues is given. It will be followed by various turcological matters concerning questions of epigraphy, philology and linguistics. The second part of the talk will be devoted to the technical issues such as the software environment, the extensions and their functionality, the ontology of the database… Y. Kasai The Old Uyghur Buddhist texts with Brāhmī elements preserved in Berlin Turfan Collection Amongst the Old Uyghur Buddhist texts there are a certain num- ber of the fragments which partly contain the sentences and words written in Brāhmī script. In those fragments the text was mainly