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LINGUIST List 24.772

Tue Feb 12 2013

Media: Computational Modeling of Language Evolution

Editor for this issue: Anna Belew <annalinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Feb-2013
From: Anthony Aristar <aristarlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Computational Modeling of Language Evolution
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'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

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

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