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Item#: SCP-3279

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-3279 is to be kept closed, and no personnel are to come into contact with it, except under controlled testing conditions. Subjects under the effect of SCP-3279 should be monitored until the effects have ceased. No further containment procedures are deemed necessary at this time, due to the minimal effects of SCP-3279.

Description: SCP-3279 is the text of an approximately 250-page manuscript. Carbon dating, as well as the construction materials of the manuscript, suggest that the book was created in the early 11th century, though it is possible the text existed earlier. Computer analysis of SCP-3279 suggests that it is written with in Latin script, and is most likely written in German.

Regardless of languages spoken by test subjects, SCP-3279 appears completely unintelligible. Test subjects consistently believe that the book is in a language that they are unfamiliar with, and in several cases, claimed that the letters ‘danced across the page’ or ‘moved away from my eyes’. Testing on subjects with dyslexia did not reveal any notable difference in effect.

The text of SCP-3279 was scanned into a computer and translated by an automated language translator into several different languages. Notably, the material of each translation is entirely different. The English translation, for example, was a fairy tale centred around a prince who was cursed with the loss of his speech, while the Korean translation was a detailed analysis of the grammatical structures of Nahuatl. The translated text has a variety of anomalous effects when read. See Appendix 3279-A for more detail. Translations into additional languages are still ongoing.

Exposure to SCP-3279 causes most subjects to lose their higher language functions. When looking at the text for more than ten minutes, the speech of subjects begins to become slurred and difficult to understand. When exposed to the text for more than thirty minutes, their speech becomes completely incomprehensible, comparable to no known language. Subjects reported that while under this effect, they were unable to comprehend any words, whether written or spoken. Sign languages are similarly effected. Gestures become confused, and, in cases of prolonged exposure, physically impossible. In all cases, the effects wear off after a maximum of sixty minutes away from SCP-3279.

When illiterate subjects are exposed to SCP-3279, they do not lose language capabilites. However, other anomalous effects may occur. An experiment was conducted where several illiterate D-class personnel were instructed to copy a single page of text from SCP-3279 onto blank canvas, following each stroke and line exactly. Though each subject believed that they had accurately copied the text of the page, they had all produced a different sketch of the human mouth.

Appendix 3279-A: Completed Translations of SCP-3279.
SCP Designation Translation Language Content Anomalous Effect (if any)
SCP-3279-1-1 English A short fairy tale in the style of the Brothers Grimm, in which a prince is cursed with the loss of speech, and can only break the curse upon true love's kiss. In the end, the prince falls in love with a beautiful young man, and the curse is lifted. The same "curse" is afflicted on readers of the story. Subjects are not physically altered in any way, and communication through sign languages is unaffected. Some subjects with spouses or significant others have since been 'cured', though others have not.
SCP-3279-1-2 Korean A university treatise that analyses the grammatical structures of the Nahuatl language. The language used is equivalent with modern linguistic terminology, although some of the theories proposed are outdated. None.
SCP-3279-1-3 German A collection of romantic sonnets. There appear to be two distinct poets who are exchanging letters in poetic form. Both continually praise the other's beauty and poetic style. Subjects exposed to SCP-3279-1-3 have a tendency to use overwrought, florid, overly poetic language. This tendency wears of at the same rate as exposure to SCP-3279 itself.
SCP-3279-1-4 Hindi What appears to be an extract from a dictionary, containing a large number of definitions for words that begin with the letter 'न'. When exposed to this text, subjects have a tendency to use the words it defines wherever possible, even where other words would be more appropriate or sensible. This effect likewise wears off after a brief period of time.
SCP-3279-1-5 Spanish A collection of proverbs. Many of them refer to language or speech, such as the proverb, "Mas vale saber que hablar.".1 None.
SCP-3279-1-6 Chinese A wuxia story which tells of two warring kingdoms and their defenders. Long digressions are made in the story to discuss the letters and missives of the rulers and warlords. None.
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