IEEE Computer Volume 16 Number 5 -- THE OPEN CHANNEL
Original Publication Date: 1983-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
Software Patent Institute
Charles McCabe: AUTHOR [+3]
THE OPEN CHANNEL
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Looking for a new artificial language
A new artificial language could serve two purposes -- condensing information and facilitating international communication. As a result of my preliminary research, I've come to think of this language as being compact, universal, and suitable for gradual adoption.
First, it would be perhaps 30 to 60 percent more compact than English, and thus could yield substantial savings in the electronic transmission and storage of information. Huffman coding, in which each naturallanguage character is converted to a string of binary bits (with the most common characters having the shortest strings), is often used for this purpose because it is easily done by a computer. But the resulting stream of ones and zeros is not easily intelligible to humans, so this system would have to be modified to serve as a human language. A method of coding that humans can read would improve the efficiency of the man/machine interface of a computerized condensed-language system. It would also, more importantly, reduce the costs of writing, typing, mailing, and storing lepers, articles, and books on paper and film.
Second, it could serve as a universal language with great practical benefits -- for example, facilitating international commerce and travel and reducing the translation costs of the United Nations and the European community. Esperanto, once proposed as a world language, has two problems: since it is based on
European languages, it lacks neutrality in a world where other regions are impor...