aUI (W. John Weilgart) 1979
Titulo: aUI, The Language of Space,
Autor: W. John Weilgart
Publicate: Cosmic Communication Co., 1979, 4th ed.
Description: Softcover, 307pp.
Originated by philosopher, philologist, and psychoanalyst Dr. W. John Weilgart in the 1950's, The Language of Space was designed to overcome the arbitrary nature of conventional languages and make communication more simple, logical, and inherently meaningful. It could thus become a vehicle to bridge the boundaries of national space, perhaps even of universal space.
A native of Vienna, Weilgart was a young man when Hitler came to power. From Dr. Weilgart's dread observation of the hypnotic power of alliterative slogans (among other ubiquitous propaganda) to focus the frustration and despair of the German people en masse into hatred for a scapegoat race, and further, to trigger war in the inflammable milieu of the time, he was compelled to carry out a boyhood dream of finding the transparent tongue which even a rational alien creature could understand.
Dr. Weilgart sought a language in which the confusion of homophonous and polysemous words with synonyms, as in the fatal power of the slogan, is not possible; in which intended meaning is denoted explicitly by intrinsically meaningful morphemes which are depictable in simple symbols; in which communication comprises the basic semantic elements common to all cultures; in which communication is a highly creative process offering freedom of word formation and freedom from grammatical irregularities. After learning about a dozen languages and examining the process of linguistic expression of peoples from many cultures on several continents, Dr. Weilgart reluctantly concluded that existing languages, a combination thereof, or a revision of one could not meet his qualifications. He certainly did not wish to add to the hundreds and thousands of existing languages and dialects unless he could find a system that was singular in its ability to transcend traditional tongues and could, therefore, justify any heroic effort to learn yet another language.
The Symbols and Sounds of the Language of Space
Thus Dr. Weilgart created the Language of Space from the 31 elements of meaning he proposed to be the most basic and universal categories of all languages. He found that these elements are not defined in simpler terms in a dictionary, and may represent the ultimate linguistic 'semantic primitives.' Together they would form the 'periodic table' of the semantic elements of all human thought and expression. Each was given a simple ideographic symbol that could be remembered within the time it took to briefly explain or point out.
Currently about half are given here:
Vowels, which are produced with open, unrestricted air flow, in general represent free, independent concepts and are pronounced as in Old English and other European languages.