Scala Days 2013 / Deciphering Maya Hieroglyphic Writing with Scala

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The decipherment of Mesoamerican hieroglyphic writing systems advanced at previously unparalleled rates in recent decades. One of the keys to this success is the application of methodologies developed and applied successfully to other writing systems. The purpose of this presentation is to show how some of these methodologies, from Natural Language Processing and Hermeneumatics, can be successfully applied to the Maya hieroglyphic writing system thanks to the power and versatility of Scala. In particular, the research framework presented here makes extensive use of the facilities that Scala provides to build external Domain Specific Languages that epigraphers can use both to provide accurate transcriptions and transliterations of hieroglyphic texts, and to query the linguistic corpora for quantitative and qualitative analyses.


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