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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

10 words in the Voynich Manuscript successfully translated

A researcher claims to have successfully translated the 10 possible words in the famous Voynich manuscript has not successfully translated for a century.
The Voynich manuscript's unintelligible writings and strange illustrations have defied every attempt at understanding their meaning. (Picture from: http://www.mnn.com/)
This 250 pages parchment filled with writing in script and intricate images that are known to describe the various subjects of the female nude, herbs, and signs of the zodiac. The medieval texts discovered by Wilfrid Voynich, an antiquarian book dealer in 1912, and has been somewhat stingy in giving secret since then.

Now Stephen Bax, a professor of applied linguistics at the University of Bedfordshire in the UK says, that he has managed to decipher 14 characters of text and can read some of the objects in the Voynich text, such as words for coriander, and cumin henbane plant next to the picture. He also chose the written word to Taurus next to an illustration of the Pleiades, a star cluster in the constellation Taurus.

"I catch the idea of ​​recognizing proper names in the text, follow historical approach that successfully decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs and other scripts are still a mystery to others. I then use those names to do it outside part of the script," says Bax.

"This text has many illustrations of stars and plants," added Bax. "I was able to recognize some, with their names, to see medieval herbal manuscripts in Arabic and other languages. I then made a start translating with some interesting results.

Voynich manuscript now in the library of rare books at the University of Yale. Carbon dating proves that the manuscript originated from the 15th century, and researchers believe it was written in Central Europe. While some scholars have written this as a hoax Renaissance era full of nonsense text.

As others have said, the pattern of letters and words indicate that the book was written in a language that is real or at least password. A statistical study recently published in the journal PLoS ONE finds that the Voynich abide by the rules of linguistics.

Bax noted, that the script is still far from being understood. However, he will continue to explore the extent to which he found it in the hope that other linguists will work with him to decode it. For now, he thinks the book is "probably a natural treatise, possibly in languages ​​Near Estern (West Asia) or Asian." *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MNN]
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