Computer Algorithm Reconstructs Ancient Languages Better Than Humans

Computer Algorithm Reconstructs Ancient Languages Better Than Humans
Innovation

Program opens up the possibility of large-scale recreation of certain dialects.

Daniela Walker
  • 14 february 2013

A new study reveals that a computer program by researchers in Canada and California may be able to recreate extinct languages almost as well as a human. The reconstruction of dead languages – known as proto or root languages – is a meticulous time-consuming task for any linguist so this program could be a labour-saving mechanism that may assist in language analysis.

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