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A while ago I wondered if you could construct a language with a faster data rate than spoken language--at least a language that people could actually speak and understand. Recently, I ran across ithkuil, which is a constructed language which is supposed to be a lot more phonetically dense than natural languages and have a much higher information rate. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be anyone who actually speaks Ithkuil, so this doesn't answer the question of whether a language like this is actually usable,


The above seems interesting. Ever heard of Solresol? Slightly different approach, rather than creating an artificial language as functionally complete as any other natural language, it was designed to quickly express only the most necessary parts of language. The language was based around the 'alphabet' of the 7-note musical scale: do re mi fa sol la ti (hence the name, sol-re-sol). Every word was built up from this set of sounds, with each individual one matched to a particular concepts (such as words beginning with so being related to arts and sciences). Many antonyms are the syllables backwards, such as good (misol) and evil (solmi). Extensible enough to be used through touch (allowing the deaf to use it), or the major colors of the spectrum. It was apparently even included in Unicode!

Fortean Times has a good run-down at which is where I got most of my information from. There's a smattering of websites out there about it, but certainly not as much as I'd like since I'd love to teach myself the language (but keep putting it off). If nothing else, could bring new dimensions to music.

It already exists - it's called writing.

How about attempts to chop the unnecessary redundancy out of English or some other language? One thing I think you're going to run into with this is that a lot of the error correction hardware is built into the human brain, in terms of having certain language structures that are efficiently handled. So any artificial or altered language has to use that hardware, rather than something more efficient on a computer.

Disclaimer: IANALinguist.

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