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xBlackHeartx wrote:The only other 'short' language I know of is Ithkuil and its various derivatives. That language can easily fit an entire sentence into a single 'word'. In fact, morphemes are often just a single phoneme long! The name of the language itself is actually made up of 4 morphemes (or more depending on how you count them). The morphemes are i-, -th-, kul, and the infix -i- (here its inside the 'kul' morpheme). Obviously, a language like this wouldn't be practical in reality. You could literally miss an entire 'word' of a sentence if you fail to hear even a single phoneme! Not to mention this conlang uses a ridiculously huge phoneme inventory to maximize its number of short morphemes; the original version effectively used the entire IPA, though the latest version now uses phonemic tone and a far more reasonable phoneme inventory. With the original version, only someone who could pronounce and easily distinguish every single symbol in the IPA could possibly speak this language.
xBlackHeartx wrote:the creator apparently counts 'kul' as two morphemes: the biconsonantal root 'k-l' and the infix 'u'. K-l is the stem for any word relating to speech. But 'u', to my knowledge, has no set meaning. Apparently all of its 'root words' are generated this way.
xBlackHeartx wrote:English in general tends to be shorter than most languages.
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