Share on Reddit UPDATE: Scholars have started to debunk these claims about the Voynich manuscript, noting that the translation "makes no sense" and that a lot of the so-called original findings were done by other researchers. Read our article about the debunking here. Since its discovery in , the 15th century Voynich Manuscript has been a mystery and a cult phenomenon. Full of handwriting in an unknown language or code, the book is heavily illustrated with weird pictures of alien plants, naked women, strange objects, and zodiac symbols.
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This shows two women dealing with five children in a bath. These words survive in Catalan [tozos], Portuguese [orla], Portuguese [tolos], Romanian [noros], Catalan [or aus] and Portuguese [oleio]. Image: Voynich Manuscript Should we believe it this time? The last attempt came at the end of , when a Canadian engineer thought he had it dealt with and proposed it was written in a form of Turkish, using "Phonemic Orthography", which describes speech visually.
Other theories claim that the script is an amalgamation of many different languages, and even perhaps was constructed by a team of writers from different disciplines and counties of origin. Gerard Cheshire two weeks, using a combination of lateral thinking and ingenuity, to identify the language and writing system of the famously inscrutable document. Cheshire explains in linguistic terms what makes the manuscript so unusual: It uses an extinct language.
Its alphabet is a combination of unfamiliar and more familiar symbols. It includes no dedicated punctuation marks, although some letters have symbol variants to indicate punctuation or phonetic accents.
All of the letters are in lower case and there are no double consonants. It includes diphthong, triphthongs, quadriphthongs and even quintiphthongs for the abbreviation of phonetic components. It also includes some words and abbreviations in Latin.
Cheshire explained in the press release : It is also no exaggeration to say this work represents one of the most important developments to date in Romance linguistics. The language used was ubiquitous in the Mediterranean during the Medieval period, but it was seldom written in official or important documents because Latin was the language of royalty, church and government.
As a result, proto-Romance was lost from the record, until now. Unfolded map from the Voynich Manuscript. Vignette A illustrates the erupting volcano that prompted the rescue mission and the drawing of the map. It rose from the seabed to create a new island given the name Vulcanello, which later became joined to the island of Vulcano following another eruption in Vignette B depicts the volcano of Ischia, vignette C shows the islet of Castello Aragonese, and vignette D represents the island of Lipari.
The other five vignettes describe further details of the story. Image: Voynich Manuscript The realization of what he has uncovered was exhilarating. What it reveals is even more amazing than the myths and fantasies it has generated. For example, the manuscript was compiled by Dominican nuns as a source of reference for Maria of Castile, Queen of Aragon, who happens to have been great aunt to Catherine of Aragon. It is far from a closed case, however.
According to Ars Technica there are many skeptics of the new claims, Lisa Fagin Davis, executive director of the Medieval Academy of America and critic of previous interpretations is quoted as saying: As with most would-be Voynich interpreters, the logic of this proposal is circular and aspirational His work has never received true peer review, and its publication in this particular journal is no sign of peer confidence.
If this interpretation method does stand up to further scrutiny, the next step will be to use this knowledge to translate the entire manuscript and compile a lexicon, which Cheshire acknowledges will take some time and funding, as it comprises more than pages.
Dr Cheshire optimistically states, "Now the language and writing system have been explained, the pages of the manuscript have been laid open for scholars to explore and reveal, for the first time, its true linguistic and informative content.
Top image: The Voynich Manuscript is open to the public to attempt translation. Source: University of Bristol.
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Reviewer: HPalakat87 - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 26, Subject: Work of a Researcher Seeing the struggle of words or text between the drawings tells about the writer have first captured the visual elements from his close observation. He has seen the plants, women, stars and have first drew the picture. Later like his auto biography he started writing about it by his research between the drawings. The author has managed to group the individual papers together to form a journal as an archive of his research. As the texts are of in a single line it could be written by a women where most of the elements mentioned depicts to give a life or some form of life.
10 Words in Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Decoded
This shows two women dealing with five children in a bath. These words survive in Catalan [tozos], Portuguese [orla], Portuguese [tolos], Romanian [noros], Catalan [or aus] and Portuguese [oleio]. Image: Voynich Manuscript Should we believe it this time? The last attempt came at the end of , when a Canadian engineer thought he had it dealt with and proposed it was written in a form of Turkish, using "Phonemic Orthography", which describes speech visually. Other theories claim that the script is an amalgamation of many different languages, and even perhaps was constructed by a team of writers from different disciplines and counties of origin.
The Voynich Manuscript
This code, that has been confusing scholars for nearly a century, is therefore not as complicated as it first appears. All attempts over the past century to decode this mysterious manuscript have met with failure. This is probably due to the initial error made by Voynich and his followers attributing the authorship of the manuscript to Roger Bacon, the 13th century British scientist, monk and scholar. Using this premise I proceeded to consider what would be required to decode this manuscript and reached the following conclusions: Determine the language used in writing the manuscript Correlate the Voynich alphabet with the modern English alphabet Decipher the code If Leonardo da Vinci was the author of the VM, he would have used the language of Dante, i. Later in my studies I had to modify some of the EVA correlations.
The mysterious Voynich manuscript has finally been decoded [UPDATED]