The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported primarily by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2016 Fund Drive.
Ask-A-Linguist Message Details
|Subject:||The Language of an Old Book|
|Question:||Dear Panelists, A friend sent me two pages of an old book and asked me the language. They can be accessed at the below URLs: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2k74eha3ucwab52/Old%20Book%20fro m%20Syria%20%281%29.JPG https://www.dropbox.com/s/qegrpkeabshk9p5/Old%20Book%20fro m%20Syria%20%282%29.JPG I'll be very pleased if you answer me. At internet I tried several pages but I believe that you are the expert. The family says that this book is about 2.000 years according to the C 14 test--hard to believe--but they still could not find the language. If you are interested, please inform me. The origin is Syria. Yours Faithfully, Hasan Arda|
|Reply:||I can see the image quite clearly, but can't read this language. It looks like the Ethiopic script. http://www.ancientscripts.com/ethiopic.html Anthea|
|Reply From:||Anthea Fraser Gupta click here to access email|