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.
Name it and claim it.
Blab it and grab it.
From cave wall..
“Here I sit broken hearted, found this corner and only farted.”
“Good night. I expect more respect tomorrow.”
“Etruscan - Repeated attempts to decipher this language have led little further than the numbers one to six.”
“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”
I’m with you. Wonder how Claudius learned it? Wonder if there are any of the scrolls he learned it from still about?
Just as I thought, we’re screwed!
Claudius was, from an early age, an avid scholar who actually taught it to himself, in other words, deciphered the code that no one since has been able to.
As for the scrolls, I sure hope at least some of the ones he read from have been saved, they contain a treasure trove of early government workings that Claudius used to his advantage when he became emperor.
As long as they don’t discover a prophecy that says the world will end in 2012...............
A man walks into a bar.
Why the long face?
Thanks Red Badger! Thought this had been posted, but I couldn't find it. Must have appeared on Delphi or Facebook instead. :')
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My only point of contention as a layman, why use only Biblical Hebrew, when Biblical Aramaic and Punic Phoenician are known languages of the same language group that have the same base language, the Akkadia language.
I hope the translation software is more accurate than Babelfish.
“klaatu barada nikto”
“Mr. Carpenter” alias klaatu: If anything happens to me, go to Gort and tell him
“klaatu barada nikto”
Helen: Will he come to your aid?
Klaatu: No. I’ve given him permission to hump the earth girl.
Science and the Happy Coincidences. Sounds like a video from an adult bookstore.
Yeah, well my cleverly coded algorithm came up with:
You may already be a winner in the Scroll Writer's Clearinghouse 100,000 dracma Sweepstakes!
Etruscan is actually kinda readable in a limited sense—the majority of inscriptions are formulaic funerary dedications, and we’re able to understand those fairly well. Through ancient glosses and educated guesswork we’ve pieced together 200 or so words and a few tentative bits of grammar. The longer texts are the real sticking point.
This program might not crack Etruscan though. It sounds like it relies on comparative linguistic techniques and needs a better-known related language to work. We don’t have that for Etruscan.
Incidentally, Claudius’s wife Urgulanilla was Etruscan. And the last known mention of the language being used was when Rome fell in the mid-400s and Etruscan priests were called on to offer sacrifices. It was probably just a liturgical language at that point though.
We do have one scroll that was used to wrap a mummy. It’s the longest extant Etruscan text:
Thank you for that excellent info.
(The writings look like a teletype, the letter are so uniform.)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Uncracked Ancient Codes[snip] As longtime literary editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement in London, Andrew Robinson is well able to interpret the arcana of scientific discoveries for the general public. In Lost Languages, he explains the principles of three famous decipherments and applies the insights gained to an understanding of several undeciphered scripts -- Linear A, the Etruscan alphabet, the Phaistos disc, and the Meroitic, Proto-Elamite, rongorongo, Zapotec, Isthmian and Indus scripts. [/snip]
(Lost Languages reviewed)
by William C. West
The Enigma Of The World's
by Andrew Robinson
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