Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

"The Perfect Language" On Monday's Access Utah

Today's broadcast of "Access Utah" is an encore presentation from April 2015.

USU Philosophy Professor Charlie Huenemann, writing for 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.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.