- Language: aUI
- Created: 1950
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- Language family: philosophical language
A constructed language by W. John Weilgart, Ph.D..
aUI is a philosophical a priori language based on a set of (31) proposed universal semantic primitives, each designated with a simple ideograph, from which words from any culture can be created. Mini-definitions of a word's essential meaning, analogous to chemical formulas, are composed from these elements of meaning. aUI for the first time overcomes the arbitrary nature of existing languages and incorporates an inherently meaningful relationship between Word, Meaning, and Reality, between Sound, Symbol, and Meaning.
Language sources: Perhaps Egyptian hieroglyphs but it is essentially a priori, meant to comprehensible even by rational alien creatures.
The semantic primitives were chosen to be concepts that are no further or more simply definable in a dictionary and therefore make up a finite set from which all other words can be created. They are thought to be universal to all languages and cultures. Combinations of elements actually define the essential meaning of a word. Sound, symbol, and meaning are in harmony in that there is an intrinsically meaningful relationship between them: e.g. two dots connected together (like a telephone receiver) means "together" and is pronounced \b\, a bilabial stop, with lips pressed together.
Andrea Patten is preparing to publish aspects of aUI in scientific journals in the context of modeling lexical semantic structure via semantic primitives.
- http://home.pacifier.com/~patten/ (Broken link)