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Blog Archive for the ‘The Rosetta Project’ Category

A Seed Vault for Culture?

by Charlotte Hajer on March 19th, 02012

Not sure what to do with your old paperbacks now that the latest bestsellers are available in electronic format? According to a recent article in the New York Times, Brewster Kahle would be happy to take them off your hands.

Kahle, a former SALT speaker, is undertaking the monumental task of collecting – and preserving – a. . .   Read More

Language: Speed vs. Density

by Alex Mensing on March 2nd, 02012

The September 02011 issue of the journal Language included an article entitled “A Cross-Language Perspective on Speech Information Rate,” by a team of linguists working with the University of Lyon and the French National Center for Scientific Research. Like many linguistic studies, this one investigates the parameters of human language and seeks to identify. . .   Read More

PanLex joins Rosetta at Long Now

by Laura Welcher on February 27th, 02012

PanLex, the newest project under the umbrella of The Long Now Foundation, has an ambitious plan: to create a database of all the words of all of the world’s languages. The plan is not merely to collect and store them, but to link them together so that any word in any language can be. . .   Read More

Long Now in Space

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 13th, 02011

(Astronaut removing the MISSE-7 Experiment with our sample on EVA1 on the STS-134 mission)
Back in 02009 through a partnership with Applied Minds, and in turn the Air Force Research Lab (who generously invited us to include a sample), we sent one of our Rosetta materials on an experiment called MISSE-7 (pronounced. . .   Read More

Dr. Laura Welcher at Berkeley Language Center, November 9th

by Austin Brown on November 1st, 02011

The Berkeley Language Center will be hosting a talk by Long Now’s Dr. Laura Welcher on November 9th. The talk is open to the public and starts at 3:00pm in Dwinelle Hall B-4.
The Rosetta Project at The Long Now Foundation is working to build an open public digital collection of all. . .   Read More

Dr. Laura Welcher at the Internationalization and Unicode Conference – October 18th

by Austin Brown on October 11th, 02011

With thousands of languages and writing systems used all over the world, making computers and the web widely accessible has taken a herculean effort, with much yet to be done.

One of the main tools used in the expansion of the web’s global reach is Unicode – a database of over 193,000 characters from. . .   Read More

Record-a-thon! This Saturday 7/30

by Laura Welcher on July 25th, 02011

Join us for the Record-a-thon this Saturday July 30 at the Internet Archive and help document and promote the languages used in your own community! We need your help to meet our goal of recording 50 languages in a single day! How many languages can you help us document? Bring yourself and your. . .   Read More


by admin on June 21st, 02011


Help us record 50 languages in a single day!

Save the date! Saturday July 30, 02011 from 9 am to 6 pm
The Internet Archive
at 300 Funston Avenue, San Francisco

Did you know…

UNESCO considers the use of one’s native language to be a basic human right?
Half of the. . .   Read More

Telling Time in Amondawa

by Austin Brown on June 13th, 02011

Reposted from The Rosetta Project blog, written by Colin Farlow:

In a new study published in the journal Language and Cognition “When Time is Not Space,” a team of researchers from University of Portsmouth and Federal University of Rondonia claim that the Amondawa, a small Amazonian tribe, speak a language with a very uncommon conceptualization. . .   Read More

Big Talk: The Possibilities of Large Linguistic Databases

by Alex Mensing on May 10th, 02011

How does human language work? What are its possibilities and limitations? Where did it come from? Many linguists have asked these questions and made contributions to our understanding of language, but how do they get their answers?

One approach is to go out and document a language, which can then be compared to other languages. . .   Read More

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