This unusual linguistic finding has a direct bearing on the question of whether human consciousness survives bodily death.

Journal Article



William H. Kautz, Sc.D.

AbstractXenoglossy is the alleged phenomenon of fluent speech in a real human language never learned by its speaker. Prior studies have been encouraging but insufficient to confirm that xenoglossy is even possible, let alone provide useful examples of language recovery and explore its implications. We examine here a particular case of foreign sounding speech spoken by a British medium in the early twentieth century. It is significant because (1) her speech (5000 language phrases) was carefully and phonetically documented over thirty years (1931-1961); (2) she could not possibly have learned the alleged language, Ancient Egyptian, since it was last spoken in 400 CE; (3) the voluminous transcription and Record (44 large notebooks) could not possibly have been fabricated; and (4) the written version of this language, well understood today, contains no vowels and is unpronouceable. It might therefore serve as a basis of comparison to verify her speech as genuine Egyptian.

In this study a mutual intelligibility test was devised and successfully applied to confirm that her speech is indeed a valid spoken dialect of written Egyptian. Xenoglossy is therefore neither conjecture, artifact nor fabrication but a real, anomalous and unexplained intuitive phenomenon. It follows that the method of intuitive inquiry, already shown to be an effective for generating new and verifiable scientific information in other fields, is now enlarged to include the full intricacy of human language. This verification of xenoglossy also makes a strong case for resolving the classical survival hypothesis: human consciousness survives the death of the physical body.

A journal article on this finding on Xenoglossy has been prepared and is under submission for publication. Please check this page in late 2017 for the full story.

Last modified: February 28, 2017