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Old 2020-03-15, 16:37   #5
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A couple of weeks ago I decided that it really was time to start learning Sumerian.
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Yesterday I remembered Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash was based heavily on the idea that Sumerian was the pre-Babel universal language.
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A quick rummage at DuckDuckGo turned up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrsIW0akb6o which convinced me that it shouldn't be too difficult. A dozen or so other videos are available in the same series.
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All very much true to the context of the narrative which suggests to me that Stephenson was paying attention to an Assyrologist.
I found the following passage in Snow Crash. Hiro is conferring with the Librarian.

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"Okay. Does anyone understand Sumerian?"

"Yes, at any given time, it appears that there are roughly ten people in the world who can read it."

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