Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Rosetta Project

We've all heard of the Rosetta Stone, the famous Egyptian stone that had the same information in several hieroglyphic languages, making it possible for archaeologists to translate ancient languages. Now, there is the Rosetta Project, which has parallel text for 1,000 languages. The mission of the Rosetta Project is to build an archive of ALL documented languages. The project is a collaboration of language specialists and native speakers that seek to create a publicly accessible digital library of human languages. Here is a microetched nickel Rosetta Disk, meant to withstand extreme conditions. Many of the world's languages keep disappearing, so the language archives will help to preserve lost languages. For more information, contact the Long Now Foundation.

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