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Computers to translate world's 'lost' languages after program deciphers ancient text
www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7/20/2010 | Niall Firth

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel
KEYWORDS: crete; cuneiform; elamite; elamites; epigraphyandlanguage; etruscan; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; harappan; harappans; hungary; indusvalleyscript; lineara; linearb; minoan; protoelamite; rohonccode; rongorongo; ugaritic; vinca
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To: Red Badger

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....”


2 posted on 07/21/2010 12:31:01 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Red Badger

Maybe we could plug in the healthcare and financial reform
bills in and see what they say?


3 posted on 07/21/2010 12:31:36 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Red Badger

It says: Error 404 - Page Not Found.


4 posted on 07/21/2010 12:31:47 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Da Coyote

DRINK YOUR OVALTINE


5 posted on 07/21/2010 12:32:04 PM PDT by Wierzbowski
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To: Wierzbowski

Laughed on that one. Great, great movie!!


6 posted on 07/21/2010 12:34:15 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Wierzbowski

You may send me a new keyboard at your earliest convenience!


7 posted on 07/21/2010 12:34:49 PM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the People's Republic of Boulder)
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To: BitWielder1

The Admonerator removed the pics...................


8 posted on 07/21/2010 12:35:22 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him on speed dial...............)
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To: Da Coyote

klaatu barada nikto


9 posted on 07/21/2010 12:35:32 PM PDT by nhoward14 (I'm starting The 595 Club... A discount from 700)
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To: Da Coyote

well I’ll be....an ancient Sanskrit version of Craigslist Personals....


10 posted on 07/21/2010 12:37:13 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Wierzbowski

The world will end in a big gulf fart........;-)


11 posted on 07/21/2010 12:37:58 PM PDT by Dem Guard (Throw the trash out on November 2nd!)
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To: Da Coyote

“There once was a man from ....” heyyy This can’t be right!


12 posted on 07/21/2010 12:42:07 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: SunkenCiv; blam

PING!..............


13 posted on 07/21/2010 12:42:47 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him on speed dial...............)
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To: Da Coyote

Get it working on this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript


14 posted on 07/21/2010 12:42:52 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Da Coyote

Wonder which minority will claim it? LOL


15 posted on 07/21/2010 12:43:01 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: tet68

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16 posted on 07/21/2010 12:43:53 PM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him on speed dial...............)
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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!

17 posted on 07/21/2010 12:44:01 PM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: Da Coyote

A L L Y O U R B A S E A R E B E L O N G T O U S


18 posted on 07/21/2010 12:44:18 PM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed <---oops!)
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To: Da Coyote

“For a good time, call ....”


19 posted on 07/21/2010 12:45:56 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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To: Da Coyote

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.


20 posted on 07/21/2010 12:46:11 PM PDT by gulfcoast6 (GOD IS!)
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