Real Character Pasigraphy

By Xah Lee. Date: .

An Essay Towards a Real Character, and a Philosophical Language

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An Essay Towards a Real Character, and a Philosophical Language (London, 1668) John Wilkins
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John Wilkins Real Character 2019-12-15 8xtvr

pasigraphy

A pasigraphy (from Greek πᾶσι pasi "to all" and γράφω grapho "to write") is a writing system where each written symbol represents a concept (rather than a word or sound or series of sounds in a spoken language).

The aim (as with ordinary numerals 1, 2, 3, etc.) is to be intelligible to persons of all languages. The term was first applied to a system proposed in 1796, though a number of pasigraphies had been devised prior to that; Leopold Einstein reviews 60 attempts at creating an international auxiliary language, the majority of the 17th–18th century projects being pasigraphies of one kind or another,[1] and several pasigraphies and auxiliary languages, including some sample texts, are also reviewed in Arika Okrent's book on constructed languages.[2] Leibniz wrote about the alphabet of human thought and Alexander von Humboldt corresponded with Peter Stephen Du Ponceau who proposed a universal phonetic alphabet.

Examples of pasigraphies include Blissymbols and Real Character.

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