Scientists Create Automated ‘Time Machine’ to Reconstruct Ancient Languages

Earth First! Newswire

Cross Posted from Science Daily

Ancient languages hold a treasure trove of information about the culture, politics and commerce of millennia past. Yet, reconstructing them to reveal clues into human history can require decades of painstaking work. Now, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have created an automated “time machine,” of sorts, that will greatly accelerate and improve the process of reconstructing hundreds of ancestral languages.

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One comment on “Scientists Create Automated ‘Time Machine’ to Reconstruct Ancient Languages

  1. ‘Bout time!! Much reconstruction of old or extinct languages as well as links between present languages are based on cognate word recognitions. I can see where automation would be a big help!
    -Dad.

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