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Language, Nuclear Waste and Society : The Preservation of Knowledge over Vast Periods of Time and its Relevance for Linguistics

Wikander, Ola LU (2015) In Lychnos 2015. p.7-25
Abstract
The article discusses the impact of comparative/historical philology upon the question of nuclear semiotics, i.e. the field of how humanity is to communicate information about nuclear waste storage into the distant future and its (presumably human) inhabitants. It also turns this perspective on its head and discusses possible insights in the other direction – what Nuclear Semiotics can teach historical linguistics. It is argued that the “nuclear waste question” provides one of the clearest examples of the purely practical importance of human reflection upon the historical development of language and writing.
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Biblical Hebrew, Indo-European, Coptic, Etruscan, historical linguistics, nuclear semiotics, comparative linguistics, Nuclear waste
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Lychnos
volume
2015
pages
7 - 25
publisher
Lärdomshistoriska samfundet, Uppsala universitet
ISSN
0076-1648
project
Ancient texts in ancient tongues - nuclear waste and future knowledge
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English
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yes
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  author       = {Wikander, Ola},
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  keyword      = {Biblical Hebrew,Indo-European,Coptic,Etruscan,historical linguistics,nuclear semiotics,comparative linguistics,Nuclear waste},
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  pages        = {7--25},
  publisher    = {Lärdomshistoriska samfundet, Uppsala universitet},
  series       = {Lychnos},
  title        = {Language, Nuclear Waste and Society : The Preservation of Knowledge over Vast Periods of Time and its Relevance for Linguistics},
  volume       = {2015},
  year         = {2015},
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