Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/12/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Languages in theory could be reconstructed by feeding modern successors into computer programs

Many of the world's most ancient languages are in danger of dying off, closing a door on an irreplaceable place in human history and development. Languages die off after they have been processed by more modern interpretations of speech. Now, linguistic experts say that these languages can be retried with the aid of computers.

Researchers reconstructed a set of languages from a database of more than 142,000 words that form 637 Austronesian languages, many of which are spoken in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and regions in Asia.

Researchers reconstructed a set of languages from a database of more than 142,000 words that form 637 Austronesian languages, many of which are spoken in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and regions in Asia.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/12/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Austronesian languages, languages, computer program, reboot, language shift


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In the past, researchers were able to create algorithms able to capture samples before individuals speaking the language died off. With advances in computer technology, living speakers of ancient languages may no longer be necessary.

Canadian scientist Alexandre Bouchard-Cote now suspects that advanced computer programs could be used to recreate dead languages. His research team at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver along with co-workers at the University of California Berkeley theorizes that the world's dead languages could be reconstructed by feeding modern successors into computer programs configured to build extinct languages, word-by-word.

According to Bouchard-Cote, a machine-learning algorithm could identify changes before they actually occur, a technological advancement that could be reversed-engineered to recreate dead languages.

For example, researchers speak of the well-known Canadian language shift, where many Canadians now say "aboot" instead of "about."

Researchers reconstructed a set of languages from a database of more than 142,000 words that form 637 Austronesian languages, many of which are spoken in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and regions in Asia. The program was successful in being able to accurately suggest how certain languages sounded as well as identify which sounds were most likely to change.

The program could provide scientists around the world with potent tool for staving off the extinction of a number of languages, many of which are already on the decline. Scientists previously had to depend on deciphering lost languages by hand, relying on bits of parchment and other historical artifacts.

The new language program is widely seen as a major advancement for language technologies in general, compelling example of how big data and machine learning are beginning to make a significant impact on all facets of knowledge.

It must be noted that this is not the first time the idea of using computers to halt the decline of languages has come about. Google announced last year its intention to collaborate with scholars, researchers, and language communities through an initiative called the Endangered Languages Project. Through the project, people can learn about the Earth's endangered languages follow the documentation being created to preserve them.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Technology

Futuristic, super-fast sports car runs on saltwater Watch

Image of A four-seater, the car's 22-inch wheels sit just beneath impressive double gull-wing doors, in the manner of the classic DeLorean, that feature

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Imagine, if you will - in the words of the late, great Rod Serling of "Twilight Zone" fame - a futuristic sports car that can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds - that runs entirely on saltwater. While sports cars are not known for ... continue reading


Scientists put out international plea to help figure out purpose of cellular protein 'blobs' Watch

Image of Scientists are stepping up attempts at understanding the purpose of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Scientists in the U.S. are calling on the scientific community to up their efforts to determine the purpose and function of mysterious blobs in cells that have eluded understanding since they were first discovered 50 years ago. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


MARK OF THE BEAST: Microchip implants in humans becoming more viable Watch

Image of Chips are already being used to manage farm animals. Farmers can track sheep, pigs and horses as they move through a gate, weigh them instantly and make sure they are eating properly.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A microchip implanted on human beings has chilling implications, conjuring up images of the "Mark of the Beast" as mentioned in the Book of revelations. Such an accessory would certainly be a boon for a totalitarian society - but there are scientists who say ... continue reading


Google, Internet search engine - branches off with DRONE DELIVERY Watch

Image of Google engineers coupled with experts on unmanned aerial vehicles, called UAVs, safely carried out more than 30 test flights this month.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The unquestioned leader of Internet search engines, Google, has branched off into a most unexpected venture. Google is now considering delivery with drone aircraft, running its first test flights earlier this month as part of "Project Wing," a secretive, ... continue reading


What are these mysterious objects found underneath Stonehenge? Watch

Image of Using underground radar and 3D imaging technology, a new study has revealed that there are numerous monuments underneath the famous Stonehenge.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

England's iconic and mysterious Stonehenge has just revealed a new mystery, as a first-of-its-kind study suggests that 15 previously undiscovered or poorly understood monuments lie hidden under the ancient monument and the surrounding countryside. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Forget the zombie apocalypse, the ROBOT APOCALYPSE is near! Watch

Image of In the future, robots will be connected through a kind of internet which will allow connected robots to gather and use information in everyday tasks.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A large scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources-called Robo Brain-is currently downloading a processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how-to documents and appliance manuals. This ... continue reading


You'll never believe what Amazon picked up for nearly $1 billion Watch

Image of Tech giant Amazon purchased the live-streaming gaming network Twitch for $970 million, beating out several rival competitors including Google.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Defeating tech rivals Google and Yahoo, Amazon purchased the live-streaming gaming network Twitch for $970 million in a move announced late on August 25 which is the largest deal in Amazon's 20-year history. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The firm raised $20 ... continue reading


China bucks American tech giant Microsoft over fears of spying Watch

Image of China is creating its own operating system after blacklisting Windows 8 from government computers over fears that the American operating system could provide avenues for intelligence agencies.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China's state-controlled Xinhua News Agency announced that China is developing their own operating system for desktop computers and mobile devices, citing U.S. surveillance as one of the key factors. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - China intends the new ... continue reading


Robots with an internet of their own! This is the way of the future Watch

Image of In the future, robots will be connected through a kind of internet which will allow connected robots to gather and use information in everyday tasks.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A large scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources-called Robo Brain-is currently downloading a processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how-to documents and appliance manuals. This ... continue reading


A confident Ballmer leaves Microsoft 'completely' to run the Clippers Watch

Image of Steve Ballmer has left all positions of authority at Microsoft, leaving behind the tech giant to run the Los Angeles Clippers, for which Ballmer paid a record $2 billion.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Eight months after he ended his role as Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer resigned from Microsoft's board, a move that ends more than three decades of direct involvement in the world's largest software maker. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 58-year-old, who ... continue reading


All Technology News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 3:1-9
1 And so, brothers, I was not able to talk to you as ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21
12 How blessed the nation whose God is Yahweh, the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:38-44
38 Leaving the synagogue he went to Simon's house. ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 3rd, 2014 Image

Pope Saint Gregory the Great
September 3: St. Gregory, born at Rome about the year 540, was the son of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter