Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

The world’s smallest language has only 100 words — and you can say almost anything (Toki Pona)

“The total vocabulary of Toki Pona is a mere 123 words.

This economy of form is accomplished by reducing symbolic thought to its most basic elements, merging related concepts, and having single words perform multiple functions of speech.

In contrast to the hundreds or thousands of study hours required to attain fluency in other languages, a general consensus among Toki Pona speakers is that it takes about 30 hours to master. That ease of acquisition, many of them believe, makes it an ideal international auxiliary language—the realization of an ancient dream to return humanity to a pre-Babel unity.”

Read more @ http://www.businessinsider.com/the-worlds-smallest-language-has-only-100-words-and-you-can-say-almost-anything-2015-7

Languages do matter!

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