A Human Language Corpus for interstellar message construction

John Elliott*

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Abstract

The aim of HuLCC (the Human Language Chorus Corpus), is to provide a resource of sufficient size to facilitate inter-language analysis by incorporating languages from all the major language families: for the first time all aspects of typology will be incorporated within a single corpus, adhering to a consistent grammatical classification and granularity, which historically adopt a plethora of disparate schemes. An added feature will be the inclusion of a common text element, which will be translated across all languages, to provide a precise comparable thread for detailed linguistic analysis for translation strategies and a mechanism by which these mappings can be explicitly achieved. Methods developed to solve unambiguous mappings across these languages can then be adopted for any subsequent message authored by the SETI community. Initially, it is planned to provide at least 20,000 words for each chosen language, as this amount of text exceeds the point where randomly generated text can be disambiguated from natural language and is of sufficient size useful for message transmission1. This paper details the design of this resource, which ultimately will be made available to SETI upon its completion, and discusses issues 'core' to any message construction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 54th International Astronautical Congress, 2003
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation
Pages4031-4039
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781618394187
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event54th International Astronautical Congress of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law - Bremen, Germany
Duration: 29 Sept 20033 Oct 2003

Conference

Conference54th International Astronautical Congress of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the International Academy of Astronautics and the International Institute of Space Law
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBremen
Period29/09/033/10/03

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