A Vowel Harmony Testing Algorithm to Aid in Ancient Script Decipherment

@article{Revesz2020AVH,
  title={A Vowel Harmony Testing Algorithm to Aid in Ancient Script Decipherment},
  author={Peter Zsolt Revesz},
  journal={2020 24th International Conference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers (CSCC)},
  year={2020},
  pages={35-38}
}
  • P. Revesz
  • Published 1 July 2020
  • Linguistics, Computer Science
  • 2020 24th International Conference on Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers (CSCC)
Previous algorithms for deciphering lost languages assumed knowledge of cognate languages. Since that is not always possible a priori, this paper develops an algorithm that can test an important feature of the underlying language, namely the presence of vowel harmony in root words. The new algorithm detects this type of vowel harmony in the Minoan language, thereby greatly narrowing its possible set of cognate languages. 

Figures and Tables from this paper

Measuring Vowel Harmony within Hungarian, the Indus Valley Script Language, Spanish and Turkish Using ERGM

Front-back vowel harmony is an important characteristic of many languages. Testing whether an untranslated script has vowel harmony may aid its decipherment. This paper tests vowel harmony for three

Data Science Applied to Discover Ancient Minoan-Indus Valley Trade Routes Implied by Common Weight Measures

This paper applies data mining of weight measures to discover possible long-distance trade routes among Bronze Age civilizations from the Mediterranean area to India. As a result, a new northern

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 28 REFERENCES

Sumerian Contains Dravidian and Uralic Substrates Associated with the Emegir and Emesal Dialects

Data mining the Sumerian vocabulary reveals a dichotomy of the cognate associations of the Emeĝir and the Emesal dialects, with the former having mostly Dravidian and the later mostly Uralic

A Computer-Aided Translation of the Cretan Hieroglyph Script

Several Cretan Hieroglyph inscriptions can now be deciphered with a high confidence by computer software that finds numerous matches between short CretAn HieroglyPH inscriptions and the Phaistos Disk text.

A Translation of the Arkalochori Axe and the Malia Altar Stone

This paper presents a translation of the Arkalochori Axe and the Malia Altar Stone inscriptions, which are some of the longest known Cretan Hieroglyph inscriptions together with the Phaistos Disk.

Greek-like Elements in Linear A

The phonetic values of some Linear B signs, applied to Linear A, suggest a number of Greek terms, which may reflect an influx of Greeks to Crete after about 1660 B.C.

Through Basque to Minoan : Transliterations and Translations of the Minoan Tablets

IN this book the experiment is tried of assigning modern Basque values to the Minoan characters on bronze age tablets from Crete. As Mr. Gordon says (p. 1), “such a method must obviously begin as

Pre-Hellenic Language(s) of Crete

Survey of the five corpora of pre-Hellenic Cretan inscriptions : date ; type of documents ; length of the texts ; characteristics of the writings ; main linguistic features ; current state of the

Hungarian

  • A. Lipták
  • Linguistics
    The Oxford Handbook of Ellipsis
  • 2018
This chapter reviews ellipsis in Hungarian, providing examples of the majority of ellipsis types that are discussed in this book. The discussion starts with nominal ellipsis and shows that, unlike

Data mining ancient scripts to investigate their relationships and origins

The data mining uses convolutional neural networks and support vector machines to find the degree of visual similarity between pairs of symbols in eight different ancient scripts, finding the Indus Valley Script is visually closest to Sumerian pictographs.

Minoan linguistic resources: The Linear A Digital Corpus

The Linear A/Minoan digital corpus is described and a new font is developed in order to make the data readable even on systems that are not updated.

Et al

A large population-based survey of veterans and nondeployed controls found evidence of a deployment-related Gulf War syndrome by factor analysis in Air Force veterans and controls.