The Rosetta Project aims to create a contemporary version of the Rosetta Stone as a platform for comparative language study and to preserve languages that may perhaps become lost in the future. The database contains "a growing collection of descriptions, texts, analytic materials and audio files for 1,000 languages." The Long Now Foundation has initiated the project, sponsored by Charles Butcher of the Lazy Eight Foundation, which accepts contributions and comments from linguists, native speakers, and interested members of the public in order to develop a survey and archive of 1,000 languages. The archive consists of seven components: detailed descriptions of the languages, a translation of Genesis, glossed vernacular texts, orthographies, swadish word lists, inventories of phonemes, and audio files. In the end, the results will be available in three formats: a nickel disk with a 2,000 year life expectancy, a reference book, and the online archive. More information about the project and its language holdings thus far are available on the Rosetta Project site.


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