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Blog Archive for the ‘Rosetta’ Category

Most all words replaced in 2000 years

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 25th, 02007

This is a great appendix I just came across on the half life of vocabulary in a language. From the text: The rate of vocabulary change The half-life of a word is the amount of time required for there to be a 50% chance that it will be replaced by a new word. Most words…  Read More

Is there a proto-language?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 6th, 02007

San Bushman in Namibia. Linguists say the ‘click’ sound used in San speech may have been a feature of the proto-language. (Joy Tessman/NGI/GI) “Linguists seek a time when we spoke as one A controversial research project is trying to trace all human language to a common root.” Nice article (CS Monitor) forwarded to me by…  Read More

2907 years of the alphabet

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 18th, 02007

  I recently came across this very nice animation of the last 2907 years of alphabet evolution. It is a remarkably condensing and simple animated illustration.

The Pirahã

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 25th, 02007

I recently came across this stunningly good linguistics article published in the New Yorker (April of 02007). While I am certain that folks working on our Rosetta Project will have varying opinions on the work being described in the article, I found it an excellent primer into the world of endangered language and field linguistics….  Read More

The Mormon Vaults

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 9th, 02007

On January 2nd of 02007 Stewart Brand and I stepped into the cool deep past and unknown future of who begat who. (picture: the granite genealogical vaults) Since I began working on the 10,000 Year Clock project, and associated Library projects here at Long Now almost a decade ago, I have heard cryptic references to…  Read More

Rosetta rounds Mars…

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 27th, 02007

On February 24th the Rosetta spacecraft successfully completed its somewhat hairy slingshot around Mars with a copy of our Rosetta Disk on board. More here: Here is agreat photo forwarded by Stewart Brand shot from Rosetta as it swung by Mars.

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