The Perfect Language on Tuesday's Access Utah
USU Philosophy Professor Charlie Huenemann, writing for 3quarksdaily.com says that "we all seek to capture the world with a net of language. Yet it is in the nature of nets to capture some things and let others slip away, and that goes for languages too...What is left unsaid speaks volumes. We might resign ourselves to this fact - the inescapable limits of what's sayable - but in fact a great many minds have sought to construct the perfect language."
On Tuesday's AU we'll explore the limits of language and the impulse to create the perfect language; we'll tell stories of some of the most interesting attempts. We'll examine the current promotion of international auxiliary languages, look at fictional languages, and speculate about which languages will be spoken 100 years from now. And we'll hear examples of Esperanto and Interlingua and a bit of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in Klingon.
Our guests include Charlie Huenemann and USU Folklorist Lynne McNeill.