9)Comments of Steve Farmer -I



More weekend fun, from my ever overflowing mailbox of crackpot
letters. This one is from yesterday. My favorite line:

> Other scripts with the same language and similar letters include
> Azilian, earliest Cypro-Minoan, Glozel, Iberian, Mason’s Marks, Old
> Chinese, Owner’s Marks and Proto Elamite.

Unfortunately, this guy doesn't live in Chennai where Dr K and most
crackpots who write me appear to live, but 1.5 miles away, according
to Google maps.

Michael Witzel and Richard Sproat: please handle. :^)

A new edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
of Mental Disorders) is now being drafted and is due in
May 2013. See 

(<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DSM-5>.) 

My last ten years will have been wasted if Pseudo-Decipherment
Disorder (clearly involving prefrontal lobe damage) isn't
included.

Enjoy,
Steve

Begin forwarded message:

To: Steve Farmer
Sub: Prize to decipher Indus Valley and related scripts
Fr: [Name withheld]
Date: Fri., Aug 20, 2010

Hello Steve,

I would like to arrange a meeting to review the material and plan
how to publish the decipherment of Indus Valley and related scripts,
preferably near Palo Alto.

The decipherment took three steps:

1. Decipher Linear A. Here I was helped with a score of known
words, letters that align with Linear B, long texts, and a
dictionary in the language of Linear A with 19,000 words.

2. Decipher Old European. This uses the same language as
Linear A, a few of the same letters and includes long texts. Here I
was helped by knowing the grammar of Linear A, finding a hundred or
so bilinguals, and a hundred personal names spelled in Latin.

3. Decipher Indus Valley and Linear Elamite together. They use
the same sound values, language and grammar of Old European, the
letters are similar, and Linear Elamite has two long texts with over
a hundred syllables each.

Other scripts with the same language and similar letters include
Azilian, earliest Cypro-Minoan, Glozel, Iberian, Mason’s Marks, Old
Chinese, Owner’s Marks and Proto Elamite.

The Indus language is 3-4 times more compact than English, so that
the average Unicorn inscription contains two or three lines of verse.

The decipherment required solving so many previously unreadable
scripts that I think some kind of conference might be interesting,
so that all these specialists can get on the same page.

Sincerely yours,

[Name and address withheld]
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