Why not as vocal symbols like words?
Why visual symbols?
The way to record/send correctly and efficiently
All the EL Base (This is all the materials of the EL symbols)
The EL Bases (the explanations)
There are two main reasons.1) The nature of voice: verbal symbols are always with capability to alter.
A voice is a thing to disappear as soon as uttered; sounds of a message are never the same with the speaker's emotion.
You may point to basic Latin and Greek that are still being used in the academic field, or to the Talmud that has been kept for thousands of years by Jews.
However, very much unnatural effort upon the part of scholarly or religious rationale is needed to keep them. It is impossible to enforce this practice upon all humanity daily.
In the earlier part of this century, Charles Ogden invented Basic English: a simplified vocabulary of 850 elementary English words. It seemed to help worldwide communication, but soon was considered too rigid and boring, halting creative expression.
All humanity is a potentially creative existence.
Allowing for variety and natural change is very important to keep the world lively or alive. The method that we allow anytime to change, we can't use as a base of a universal measurement of image. Vocal symbols are possible as the application, but not as the base of the entire universal thinking method.
2) The fundamental vocal symbols (words) are different depending on cultural background.
An emotional, non-verbal voice is universally understandable and all humans have the same vocal organs.
But each society has chosen the basic phonemes or syllables to create words. All words are abstract and not generally common. If a new language base is set as a vocal symbol, people have to learn all words abstractly. This is not easy for anyone.
In the beginning of most languages, they started talking in single syllable words. I guess that because most root words are expressed usually as single syllables. The Mann Constructed Language was created using one syllable words. Perhaps the creator, David Mann thought it would save memory, but people recognized how difficult it was to memorize just new sounds as a language without any other clues.
Esperanto (by Zamenhoff. Esperanto: Multilingual Information Center ) was told as the most rationally and naturally constructed common language in the past. Europeans can learn it easily, since the sources of the word are from the European languages, though they need to memorize each fundamental word anyway. Esperanto is not enough for the worldwide phonetic expressions,
and many people can't write their own names correctly with the alphabet. When they try to keep using it by their own ways, the rule of the vocal base becomes loose. That's why it could not survive that long for universal usage.
The EL bases of both definition and phonetic systems have to be stable,
but flexibly and widely applicable
1) Visual symbols are used to more readily understand the images
Everybody can see the direction indicated when someone points a finger or draws an arrow sign. Visual expression is commonly understood about directions, sizes, amounts, shapes and movements. These kinds of messages are very hard to vocalize without the help of common rules.
When this optical human common sense is used for setting the base of EL, people need not much energy to learn it.
2) Written messages are stable
A writing method was created to send messages to far distances or to record things for a long time.
A written message does not disappear immediately like a verbal one: it is retained.
If the base is set as a simple and clear shape for a rational definition or a function, it can be used forever.
3) Immediate work
You knew that 'I NY' hits you much stronger and faster than 'I love NY'. Symbolic characters work immediately like traffic signs. It is not necessary to recall the vocal words each time to get the meaning from the writings.
4) Visual symbols can be used with each own vocal language
Now mathematical notations are widely common. People read "2+3=" in English, French, Japanese, ... in each own native language, and get the same answer "5" visually in the same way. Nobody thinks that they are using a foreign language for doing this. A visual base is like a mathematical sign.
So if the symbols are user-friendly enough, EL can be like anyone's own native language not a foreign one.
In this way, the new common language can not destroy minority languages by spreading.
5) Various applicable methods of the visual base
When the shape of a base is simple, it is easy to show it as the hand shape or the hand movement. One can see the relation between a notation and the hand sign without much effort. When necessary to communicate with a blind-deaf person, the message can be sent by writing the visual bases on his hand. If one can't move his hands and mouth, but only his eyes, he can at least communicate a little by moving his eyeballs, visualizing notation shapes in the space before the other person. When each base has a simple name, one can use the sound of the name to let the other person recall the base is with its meaning. So actually, vocal communications are also available in the same system, even if the sound is not the base of the total system.
It is too late to learn a new communication method after getting in a serious accident. When a common visual language is spread, people could be ready for communicating in any situation. One can choose the proper method from the applications of the base.
6) The nature of the human optical system is great for analyzing and uniting at once
Thinking is the process of analyzing and integrating internal images. The brain, in relation with the optical system, is much larger than any other sensory system area. When you see somebody, you recognize him while you are checking his mood and outfit simultaneously.
This is the result of analyzing each point of view about the distances, the lightness, the colors, the shapes, the depth, the angles, the movement, etc. and comparing these elements to your memory of him and the things around him.
Why don't we use this optical brain system more effectively for the language system also?
No past language can fully satisfy the potential capability of the visual symbols.
7) Phonetics are also more understandable by using shapes
Not just abstract notations as a, b, c, if the symbol of a phoneme shows the simplified shape of the main organ
to pronounce the sound, you can imagine the sound much easily.
Also combinations of basic sounds could be expressed by using smaller amount of bases, if they are visual bases.
Alphabet users think that recording images as letters and recording vocal words is the same thing.
This idea was rational only in a local area and a limited time while people never encountered other languages or cultures.
Actually, this was the cause of disorder with the past language systems,
which has also delayed the development of a real universal language.
Ideograms to record/send images correctly and efficiently
Phonetics to help correctly reproduce sounds at different times
In the real world, the people, culture and language are always moving and stimulating one another. We can't stop this phenomenon. In modern era, speaking languages are changing more and more quickly with the traffic development and the influences from foreign TV programs, music and movies.
But we don't change the written form, since a written word works like an abstract symbol for the meaning.
Because of this reason, alphabets especially in English don't work correctly as phonetics any more, although these were originally phonetic signs for them.
Now most languages are forced to work on the two different systems for both purposes 'at once'.
But actually if the meaning of your message can reach the other person correctly, you don't mind how he/she receives it in voice, do you? Also, you want him/her to read your name or other names correctly.
The phonetic script has to be set for all kinds of pronunciation of mankind,.and if it's rational enough, it is not necessary to change the method eternally.
A message for meanings is freely read with each mother tongue; and a message for vocal sounds is sent differently from meaning: this distinction is important for a new global language.
Also efficient and rational systems are needed for managing the vast expansion of information
When the universal symbol is clear for which it works: phonetics or definitions in each usage, we need not worry about loosing fundamental rules of the method.
Chinese characters were originally made as ideograms, but additionally have mixed with the phonetic system and made the characters hard, complex and uncommon to understand.
Jews have kept the Talmud, but they are not sure how to pronounce even their most important God's name exactly, since the old Hebrew scripts did not show vowels.
Using the visual base is the only way to make everything possible .
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