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Re: Archiving language information (was Re: Saving endangered langs (was Re: Extrapolating languages))

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Saturday, December 27, 2003, 1:21
Quoting Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>:

> Additional PS: Didn't I read in some science magazine about a project to > mark Nuclear Waste sites with big stone monoliths, deeply carved with > warnings in six popular languages (ISTR English, Russian, Spanish, Hindi, > Chinese and Arabic)?
I do not know if it was the same project, but I once (2-3 years ago?) read about a project for marking such sites with culture-independent "danger" signs. They did have a few ingenous designs - which might even work, who am I to tell? - but what really struck me was the implicit assumption that getting the warning across was the important thing. I could not fail to think of egyptologists who've entered ancient tombs in perfect knowledge of the curses and warnings against intrusion upon them; why would future generations necessarily take any more heed of _our_ warnings? Andreas