Will the web finally make the dream of a universal human language a reality?
Sep 27, 2007 12:00 AM
When I was a kid (OK, a geeky, awkward, childlike 16 year old) a friend of mine and I tried to invented our own pictographic language. Now Zlango
, an Israeli software company, has completed the opus that I left behind in 4th period English.
Here's my first ever sentence in this new language:
Zlango's pictographs are paired with their English word equivalents in the above example, but they could be paired with anything -- and when displayed on, say, cellular phones, are stripped of any translation at all.
As you can see, Zlango is not yet as rich as, say, Esperanto
. But unlike hieroglyphics or Japanese Kanji, there's hardly any speed penalty when writing it -- the software generates the images for you.
However there is, improbably, no word for "share" or "language" -- hence my desire to connect people who do not "shark languish."
Ah well, back to the drawing board.
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