An initial investigation of translucency, transparency, and component complexity of Blissymbolics
. Comm Disorders Quart.
Ranging from John Wilkins (Philosophical Language) through William Bliss (Blissymbolics
) to John Brown (Loglan), ILIL details the eccentricities, neuroses, and missteps of artificial language's "mad dreamers" over the last three hundred and fifty years or so, encouraging the reader not only to see them all as failures, but also to wonder whether the failure lay with the language or the inventor.
I was given a headpointer that I wore like a baseball cap and a manual communication board with Bliss symbols (Editor's Note: Bliss symbols, or Blissymbolics
, use graphic symbols, many of which are geometrical shapes and lines, which can be combined in sequences to depict meaning.) My parents spent hours teaching me how to point to those symbols to say what I wanted to say."
There are many other examples of semasiography: the numerous semasiographic writing systems of the North American Indian tribes ; the elaborate system of Baroque allegorical painting with multiple levels of rhetorical device and mythological allusion, which has its roots in the rhetorical art of memory ; Blissymbolics
, which, arising out of the fascination with a universal language that has possessed the West since the 16th and 17th centuries, is the most thorough example of an attempt to create an international semasiography ; and, in our period, the growing number of international icons used in traffic signs, equipment instructions, and packaging .
The therapist told us about Blissymbolics
, an alternative communication system being used in Canada with children who couldn't talk.
Quite another approach has been successfully employed in Blissymbolics
, a semantically based visual language that has proved remarkably effective as the basis of alternative communication systems for people who are severely disabled.
For instance, the Blissymbolic
was introduced as a result of an attempt to create an easy-to-use international language inspired from the Chinese writing system.