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Blog Archive for the ‘Rosetta’ Category

ICANN and now you can too…in Yiddish!

by Laura Welcher on October 17th, 02007

This week, tech sites like DomainInformer reported that ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) was unveiling the internationalization of top-level domain names in “11 test languages — Arabic, Persian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Yiddish, Japanese, and Tamil.” Uh…wait a second…did they say Yiddish?!! A language with around 3…  Read More

Recording last words

by Laura Welcher on September 20th, 02007

The New York Times reported yesterday on the crisis of language loss, and the work of linguists to document languages that are on the brink of vanishing without a trace. This picture of linguists David Harrison and Greg Anderson, and Charlie Muldunga, the only known speaker of Amurdag (a language of the Northern Territory previously…  Read More

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: http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Rosetta/ Here is agreat photo forwarded by Stewart Brand shot from Rosetta as it swung by Mars.

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