Language Identification
Thread poster: Ella Thomas

Ella Thomas
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Oct 9, 2013

I was sent a picture of an oriental screen with a small block of what might be text/words/symbols. It doesn't look like what I would recognize as modern Japanese, but it might be. Does anybody know of a good online resource to identify the language?

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Polyglot Oct 9, 2013

I have software called Polyglot 3000 which is used for this purpose. It can usually identify even quite rare languages. You can find out more about it and download it if you wish from http://www.polyglot3000.com/

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Phil Hand  Identity Verified
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Us! Oct 9, 2013

We here are a great online resource! Stick a picture of it up, and one of the Asian linguists on the site will surely give you some pointers.

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Ella Thomas
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Unknown Asian letters/words? Oct 10, 2013

This is on the corner of an oriental screen a friend has and he's curious as to the language and what it says. Can't seem to get my image to appear here so here is the facebook link to the image:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=648284901878684&set=a.102663066440873.1567.100000915409110&type=1&relevant_count=1


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Orrin Cummins  Identity Verified
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Seems to be Chinese Oct 10, 2013

Based on this:

http://kotobank.jp/word/永楽宮

Some kind of Taoist temple? 宮 means palace or temple.

Edit: On further inspection, it may be the Japanese name for a Chinese temple, the romanized Chinese name being Yonglegong.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Zeus1234/Yonglegong

[Edited at 2013-10-10 00:54 GMT]

[Edited at 2013-10-10 00:54 GMT]


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