Re: Archiving language information (was Re: Saving endangered langs (was Re: Extrapolating languages))
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, December 27, 2003, 12:03|
Costentin Cornomorus wrote at 2003-12-26 19:37:23 (-0800)
> --- Tim May <butsuri@...>
> > | This is not a place of honor. No highly esteemed deed is
> > | commemorated here.
> > | Nothing valued is here. This place is a message and part of
> > | a system of messages.
> > | Pay attention to it! Sending this message was important to
> > | us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful > > culture.
> > | What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us.
> > | This message is a warning about danger. The danger is in a
> > | particular location. It > > increases towards a center.
> > | The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.
> > | The danger is to the body, and it can kill. The form of
> > | danger is an emanation of > > energy.
> > | The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb
> > | this place physically. This place is best shunned and left
> > | uninhabited.
> Sounds like a perfect invitation for some future
> archaeologist to go digging for Lost Treasure:
> ...I mean, those ancients really got up to some
> strange things - and anyway, this was just their
> simple culture's way of keeping out superstitious
> "energy worshippers". But WE know better and are
> fully prepared to undertake the dig this
Well, you don't just _say_ this; there's been some work done on
imbuing the whole architecture with this impression (so they don't
think it's just a ruse to keep people away from buried treasure).
Hopefully you make the thing sufficiently impressive that anyone who'd
consider it primitive should be able to recognize the description of a
radiation hazard. Of course, there's no absolute safeguard against