Saturday, September 20, 2008

Entry: Blissymbol

So, there's this constructed language called Blissymbolics, a completely written system of several hundred pictograms that can be combined to form new words (so "closed" combined with "hand" means "fist"). It's neat because the symbols relate to concepts, instead of a specific spoken language or specific alphabet. So if I know Blissymbolics, and I have to communicate with someone who only speaks Mandarin but also knows Blissymbolics, and we have a pen and paper, we should be able to easily communicate with each other. Of course this isn't likely to happen because I spend more time blogging on my living room couch than I do knocking around Beijing, but you know, still cool in theory.

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