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The Rosetta Project is a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers working to develop a contemporary version of the historic Rosetta Stone to last from 2000 to 2100. Its goal is a meaningful survey and near permanent archive of 1,000 languages. Some of these languages have less than one thousand speakers left in the world. Others are considered to be dying out through the increasing prevalence of English in today's society. The intention is to create a unique platform for comparative linguistic research and education, as well as a functional linguistic tool that might help in the recovery or revitalisation of lost languages in the future. The Rosetta Stone solved a particularly difficult linguistic problem. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2100 is the last year of the 21st century. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Historical linguistics (also diachronic linguistics or comparative linguistics) is primarily the study of the ways in which languages change over time, by means of examining languages which are recognizably related through similarities such as vocabulary, word formation, and syntax, as well as the surviving records of ancient languages. ...

The Project is creating this broad language archive through an open contribution, open review process similar to the strategy that created the original Oxford English Dictionary. The resulting archive will be publicly available in three different media: a micro-etched nickel alloy disc two inches (5.08 cm) across with 2,000 year life expectancy; a single volume monumental reference book; and through a growing online archive. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is a comprehensive dictionary published by the Oxford University Press (OUP). ... General Name, Symbol, Number nickel, Ni, 28 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 10 , 4, d Density, Hardness 8908 kg/m³, 4. ... An alloy is a combination, either in solution or compound, of two or more elements, at least one of which is a metal, and where the resultant material has metallic properties. ... Mid-19th century tool for converting between different standards of the inch An inch is an Imperial unit of length. ... A centimetre (American spelling: centimeter, symbol: cm) is an SI unit of length. ...

The Rosetta Project is run by the Long Now Foundation. The Long Now Foundation was established in 1996. ...


Fifty to ninety percent of the world's languages are predicted to disappear in the next century, many with little or no significant documentation. Much of the work that has been done, especially on smaller languages, remains hidden away in personal research files or poorly preserved in under-funded archives.

As part of the effort to secure this critical legacy of linguistic diversity, the Long Now Foundation is creating a broad online survey and near-permanent physical archive of 1,000 of the approximately 7,000 languages on the planet.

There are three overlapping goals for the project:

  • To create an unprecedented platform for comparative linguistic research and education.
  • To develop and widely distribute a functional linguistic tool that might help with the recovery of lost or compromised languages in unknown futures.
  • To offer an aesthetic object that suggests the immense diversity of human languages as well as the very real threats to the continued survival of this diversity.

The 1,000-language corpus expands on the parallel text structure of the original Rosetta Stone through archiving ten descriptive components for each of the 1,000 selected languages.

The goal is an open source "Linux of Linguistics" — an effort of collaborative online scholarship drawing on the expertise and contributions of thousands of academic specialists and native speakers around the world. The project is also organising formal archive research groups at Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, the American Library of Congress, and the American Summer Institute of Linguistics (and its offices in San Francisco). Open source refers to projects that are open to the public and which draw on other projects that are freely available to the general public. ... Tux, a penguin, is the official Linux mascot. ... Broadly conceived, linguistics is the scientific study of human language, and a linguist is someone who engages in this study. ... (The wind of freedom blows. ... This article is about the institution of higher learning in the United States. ... Berkeley is the name of several places, all eventually deriving from Berkeley Castle in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, from whom the noble family of Berkeley derive their name, and for which several vessels of the British navy have been christened HMS Berkeley Castle. Any of the holders of several titles in the... Library of Congress, Jefferson building The Library of Congress is the unofficial national library of the United States. ... SIL International is a non-profit, faith-based, scientific organization with the main purpose to study, develop and document lesser-known languages for the purpose of expanding linguistic knowledge, promoting world literacy and aiding minority language development. ... This article is about the city in California. ...

The resulting Rosetta archive will be publicly available in three different media: a free and continually growing online archive, a single volume monumental reference book, and an extreme-longevity micro-etched disc. The plans are to globally distribute significant numbers of these discs with protective containers to individuals, institutions and others who care to keep one.

A "Version 1.0" of the disc was completed in the Autumn of 2002. Autumn colours at Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, England. ... 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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The Rosetta Project is a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers building a publicly accessible online archive of ALL documented human languages.
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Rosetta supports namespace annotations in dialects that do not implement namespaces, thus aiding code porting from a non-namespaced to a namespaced dialect and vice-versa.
Rosetta was designed to file into a vanilla base image, with no add-ons, compatibility layers etc. It is a lossy transformation format, which means it will install as much as it can, but probably leave out constructs (like namespaces) that cannot be mapped in the receiving dialect.
In addition, there's a stylesheet to convert Rosetta to HTML (for on-line viewing of package content), and we're working on one for automatic documentation generation.
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