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Wired: Word Up: Keeping Languages Alive

Nov 06, 2002, 10:00 (7 Talkback[s])
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" When Napoleon's troops discovered a granite slab in 1799 containing Greek and Egyptian hieroglyphic translations of ancient text dating back to 100 B.C., they unearthed more than 1,000 years of history.

"Now, a group of scientists and engineers are crafting a modern Rosetta stone that will preserve more than 1,400 of the world's 7,000 languages on a 3-inch nickel disk...

"Given the massive amount of work involved in cataloging the world's languages, adopting an open-source approach made sense, [Project Diector Jim] Mason said..."

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