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How about a Pictogram Written Language
11-04-2014, 06:11 PM (This post was last modified: 11-04-2014 06:12 PM by Sakon Wiolen.)
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How about a Pictogram Written Language
Friends, toki pona has 119-128 words—depending on who you ask.

I saw a thread or an article somewhere about using Kanji Symbols to write toki pona.

Kanji is rather complex and it's full of strokes meant to be made with a paint brush.

What if we came up with 119 pictographs—simple, easy to draw even for those with little talent…

And easy to tell one from another?

If at all possible, the symbols should be Iconic. That would malke them easier to remember.

"Waso" might be a stylized "V". "Mani" might very well be a dollar sign.

Various Circles might suffice for "Seke", "Suno", and "Mun"…

A stick man walking could be "Tawa". A reclining Stick Man might be "Moli" and a slightly different reclining Stick Man might be "Lape".

I don't want it too complex. Hard to mistake one pictogram for another—even when they're poorly drawn. And I don't want something that looks like it was drawn by a five year old.

And as I say, lets make maximum possible use of Iconic Pictograms—they are stylized versions of what they represent.

What do y'all think?


Sakon Wiolen

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