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Gerard Cheshire (Gerard Cheshire) from the University of Bristol in the UK has cracked the language system of the Voynich manuscript and translated some of his phrases. According to the scientist, the manuscript is written on proformances extinct language, which was distributed throughout the European part of the Mediterranean. Article with results of a study published in the journal of Romance Studies.
According to the author, the sign system of a manuscript is more complex and less intuitive than other types of writing that explains its rarity and rapid obsolescence. So, in the manuscript using a combination of extinct languages, including conversational Latin. Among the other unique properties of the manuscript — the presence of unfamiliar characters, no special punctuation, and double consonants, the presence of diphthongs, triphtongs, quadriplegia and even QuantiFERON (used to refer to certain sounds).
Cheshire believes that to decipher the manuscript it is necessary to understand grammar rules. In the article he listed the key symbols used in the manuscript, their different spellings and compliance with the widely used characters in modern languages. The researcher also translated some of the inscriptions that accompanied the images that are present on many pages of the manuscript. The texts were dedicated to the bathing, medicinal plants, volcanic eruption, astrology, and other topics.
The Voynich manuscript is a medieval work written in the fifteenth century by unknown authors. An artifact discovered in 1912 by antique dealer Wilfried Voynich in the ancient South-European castle Villa Mondragone. Many scientists believe that the manuscript is indecipherable in principle, as repeated attempts to understand written failed.
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