Saturday, July 24, 2010

Computers Now Helping Bring Back Dead Languages

There is a significant limitation to this technology so far; the computer needs to have a basis from which to make comparisons. That means a language with no part of it surviving to present day can not be brought back with this, though they are working on it.

"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.

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