Skip to comments.Computers to translate world's 'lost' languages after program deciphers ancient text
Posted on 07/21/2010 12:27:41 PM PDT by Red Badger
Scientists have used a computer program to decipher a written language that is more than three thousand years old.
The program automatically translated the ancient written language of Ugaritic within just a few hours.
Scientists hope the breakthrough could help them decipher the few ancient languages that they have been unable to translate so far.
Ugaritic was last used around 1200 B.C. in western Syria and consists of dots on clay tablets. It was first discovered in 1920 but was not deciphered until 1932.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology told the program that the language was related to another known language, in this case Hebrew.
The system is then able to make assumptions about the way different words are formed and whether they consist of a prefix and a suffix, for example. FIVE OF THE WORLD'S UNDECIPHERED SCRIPTS
* Etruscan - Repeated attempts to decipher this language have led little further than the numbers one to six. * The Rohonc Codex - Discovered in Hungary, it contains 10 times more symbols than any other known alphabet * Rongorongo - Discovered on Easter Island, scientists are not even sure if it is language * Linear A - An ancient Minoan script from Crete from around 1900-1800 BC * Vinca symbols - Believed to be the earliest 'proto-language' known to man, these symbols were found in Hungary in 1875. They date from around 4000 BC
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My cleverly coded translation algorithm provided the following snippet from your pic:
“...a long time from now in a land far away a formerly great empire will be led by a village idiot....”
Maybe we could plug in the healthcare and financial reform
bills in and see what they say?
It says: Error 404 - Page Not Found.
DRINK YOUR OVALTINE
Laughed on that one. Great, great movie!!
You may send me a new keyboard at your earliest convenience!
The Admonerator removed the pics...................
klaatu barada nikto
well I’ll be....an ancient Sanskrit version of Craigslist Personals....
The world will end in a big gulf fart........;-)
“There once was a man from ....” heyyy This can’t be right!
Get it working on this:
Wonder which minority will claim it? LOL
I hope the computer is working on this one now. Tons of great history that hasn't been "read" in almost 2,000 years. Emperor Claudius (Tiberius Claudius Nero Germanicus) was the last known person to be able to read it, and he died in 54 AD!
A L L Y O U R B A S E A R E B E L O N G T O U S
“For a good time, call ....”
I think this is exciting. Looking forward to seeing the results. Got to admit, hope it is in ‘southern talk’ of course a lot of folks want to find out what we are sauing most of the time.
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