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Voynich was: Re: Unknown Language Identifier!

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 30, 2001, 18:32
On Tue, 30 Jan 2001, Lu[ISO-8859-1] ís Henrique wrote:

> On Tue, 30 Jan 2001 11:20:14 -0600, Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...> > wrote: > > >This assumes the Voynich Ms is written in alphabet characters > > Which is probably not true. Last I read there seem to be some probability > that the "words" are indeed syllables and that each letter takes two > characters. > > >and is a natural language. Myself, I suspect a conlang. > > It could still be matched against Hildegard's Ignota Lingua, if we could > convince the author or the identifier to include it in his database. (But, > then, the prize is already going being divided by three...) What other > conlangs were knonw at that time?
None, widely known, anyway. But that doesn't mean it can't be a conlang other than IL. In fact, IL is almost unusuable as anything but a noun-cipher. Certainly we're not the first group of people to share the hubris of believing we can create a language -- we're just the first group of such people with internet access. Aruably, Pepys wrote in a conlang: a mixture of Latin, English, Greek, and all written in shorthand. It doesn't seem unlikely that the Voynich Ms. Author might not have done something similar. But why? If it is indeed an herbal, as the illustrations seem to indicate, or even an alchemical text, why such amazing convolutions to ensure secrecy? Perhaps it is driven not so much by secrecy as by aesthetic concerns. I've been reading a lot of Don DiLillo lately: what kind of alchemy is superior to that of language? Talk about alchemy! Meaning becomes unmeaning, unmeaning becomes meaning, cipher becomes language, language becomes nonsense. It could be a frickin' phone book. I'm still impressed. ANd it is pretty to look at. --Pat --------------------------------------------------------------------- Living your life is a task so difficult, it has never been attempted before.