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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Media: Computational Modeling of Language Evolution

Submitter: Anthony Aristar

Submitter Email: aristar@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Historical Linguistics

Media Body: 'Archaeologists will gain a powerful new tool in their quest to recover ancestral, disappeared languages: Connecting machine learning algorithms with Big Data in this field proved successful and will automate a process that until now took decades. Spoken language changes continuously, and ancient languages eventually die out and disappear - but only apparently, since even modern languages still contain the roots of those proto-languages.

Computer scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, succeeded in creating an automated “time machine,” by feeding huge amounts of modern and ancient known vocabulary and grammar to their self-learning algorithms in order to cross reference and find patterns in the chaos.'

Full article here: http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/4896/20130211/human-proto-language-evolution-decrypted-computer-algorithm.htm
Issue Number: 24.772
Date Posted: February 12, 2013

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