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Comment Re:interesting (Score 0) 111

I wonder if this would work with other writing systems. Could they learn to tell real Chinese characters from random fake ones, for example?

IMO they will be able to recognize the real words(pictures/shape?) from the fake ones.

Even for humans for whom English is not their first language, the roman script itself is like pictorial representation of the real world words. I can say that since English is not my first language (or the second), so whatever English I have learned is by recognizing the basic 26 pictures and correlating them with others to form words.

In a sense, all the scripts are pictorial until you start to recognize them, then they are just "letters" that gives you feel of the language.

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thomst writes "Charles Q. Choi of LiveScience reports that a farmer in southern Henan Province in China has dug up the first known ant-eating dinosaur, a half-meter-long theropod (the dinosaur family to which T. Rex belongs), whose fossilized remains were described as 'fairly intact'. The 83- to 89-million-year-old pygmy dinosaur has been named named Xixianykus zhangi by Xig Xu, De-you Wang, Corwin Sullivan, David Hone, Feng-lu Han, Rong-hao Yan, and Fu-ming Du, whose paper on the critter, A basal parvicursorine (Theropoda: Alvarezsauridae) from the Upper Cretaceous of China, was published in the March 29 issue of Zootaxa (the abstract is available in PDF format for free, the full article is paywall-protected.)"

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