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It's probably a better idea to use a prefix-free code instead of long/short
pauses. Self-synchronizing codes are even better.

On Sun, Mar 18, 2018 at 7:10 PM, Herman Miller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Has anyone made any telegraphy codes for your conlangs? - anything from
> semaphore to Morse code, smoke signals, or whatever? I.e., not a "code" in
> the sense of cryptography, but an encoding of your language's writing
> system in some other medium?
>
> A few years ago I wrote about "bell codes" that use sequences of three
> notes from four different bells to represent the letters of the Sengatai
> alphabet. E.g., with a set of bells tuned F-A-B-D, the letter "k" is
> represented by the sequence FDB, and the letter "s" by the sequence BFA.
>
> Recently I've been thinking about tap codes, where instead of long and
> short beeps like in Morse code, only the timing of the taps is significant.
> I'll use a single digit to repesent a series of taps at a constant rate,
> e.g.
>
> 1 = .
> 2 = ..
> 3 = ...
>
> In this code, a word like "Tirëlat" could be represented as something like
> "112 11 4 131 12 2 112", where numbers grouped together represent sequences
> of taps with short pauses between them, and the spaces represent longer
> pauses, i.e.
>
> . . ..  . .  ....  . ... .  . ..  ..  . . ..
>
> I'm still working out the details about what this code might look like,
> but here's what I've come up with so far. The "*" by itself is a general
> modifier when followed by a letter; one of them at the end of a word means
> that something more is still coming, and two of them with a pause between
> them marks the end of a sentence. The letters don't represent any specific
> language, but include many of the typical sounds of Azirian languages like
> Tirëlat and Jarda. More common sounds like "i" and "l" are represented by
> shorter codes.
>
> 1       *
> 11      i
> 111     e
> 1111    ĭ/j
> 1112    š
> 1113    tš
> 112     t
> 1121    ž
> 1122    dž
> 113     z
> 1131    dz
> 114     1
> 115     ģ
> 12      l
> 121     g
> 1211    ł
> 1212    ļ
> 122     s
> 1221    ts
> 123     2
> 124     λ
> 13      o
> 131     ö/ë
> 132     3
> 133     ŏ
> 14      x
> 141     4
> 15      d
> 2       a
> 21      n
> 211     ê/aĭ
> 2111    ŋ
> 2112    ķ
> 212     0
> 2121    ņ
> 213     5
> 214     dz
> 22      m
> 221     p
> 2211    ä
> 222     6
> 23      ô/aŭ
> 231     7
> 24      f
> 25      8
> 3       u
> 31      ü
> 311     y
> 312     9
> 313     ŭ
> 32      v
> 321     10
> 33      ŭ/w
> 331     ẅ
> 34      11
> 4       r
> 41      ṛ/ř
> 411     rh
> 42      b
> 43      h
> 44      ŗ
> 5       k
> 51      ğ
> 52      ʔ
>



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