Over view of Earth Language (EL)

by Yoshiko McFarland

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The Visual Bases . Phonetics . Ideograms . Compounded Characters . The EL Grammar . Brackets . Multi-Method

The Policy of the EL System

In the ancient world, word images were directly connected to the feelings of the whole body, tying each life into their society. Now word images are slimmer, switched on and off only through the head, easily making the world warp leaving each person's life and happiness behind.

In the future people should be able to share their happy feelings found in the vertically and horizontally deepened times through each life.

EL is an experimental system for the integration of all kinds of communication wisdom from human history. It is to help people on earth to awake to their inner nature, getting back the healthier connection between their thoughts and their bodies and lives, as the new system of containers of images.

EL also aims to be a bridge among people including physical and social minorities in its one system without destroying traditional languages, also to support individual creations and management of information.

To the beginners

EL is not like another foreign language; and it's wishing to be your another personal
image measurement to see things from the global sight depending on nature, but not
on a particular culture.

It has unlimited capacity to express meanings and pronunciations, rationally managing
information at the same time. Also you can choose a method to express a thing from
its multi-method system according to the other's and your condition.

But please try a symbol at first, enjoying the power of symbol through it. For example
visiting Guess What? or EL Meditation Exercise. EL basic symbols are very simple,
so you also can use them for taking a note to save time:
e.g. writing is easier than writing "infinite possibility," isn't it? Through the
dictionary, pick some symbols for your usage. If you find them convenient, little by little
increase symbols for your usage. You just use them reading in English or your native
language. All symbols are networking together, just like the nature system. Then you
would find how widely and deeply EL symbols can catch new images very naturally.

The followings are about the brief of the concrete system of Earth Language;
and mainly from Yoshiko's article in the special issue for Constructed Language of
the language magazine "Gengo/Language" (Taishukan publisher, November 2006)

1) Multi-method from the visual bases

basis EL works with a total of 91 symbols including 70 bases, numerals,
grammatical marks and brackets for managing information.

All symbols have a simple geometrical shape, located in a same size square;
each of them has a number, ASCII, hand sign and its one-syllable name (vocal codes).
So you can speak EL using the vocal codes, but a visual communication takes
priority over speech in EL. It's for protecting local languages from collapse;
also to feel and to respect each other's culture.

You will communicate with others in your own mother tongue showing the meanings
by EL hand signs or written forms: just like visual "1+2=3" can send the meaning
whatever language you use vocally.

2 EL phonetics shows the pronunciation only

50 EL bases are used for both definition and
phonetics separately, but never for both at once,
to keep the consistency of the phonetic rules.

When you find phonetic brackets in an
EL document, the contents of those brackets are
only phonetics; they don't show any meaning.

EL phonetics are formed as simplified shapes of
the main vocal organs
used for each pronunciation,
or ideographic marks to show adding some shift
on a standard pronunciation.

A phoneme is shown by a phonetic basis alone(2-2)
or a compounded phonetic symbol (2-3),
and a pronunciation is shown by arranging
phonemes in the pronunciation order.

Using only 50 phonetic bases, EL can express
as many pronunciations as International
Phonetic Alphabets.

* EL phonetics work to support sharing the original
pronunciations of proper nouns among the global
population; and to help learn any foreign language
pronunciations and create vocal performances.
Phonetic Brackets

: (person)'s name, [pi:t]
(is the meaning-classification bracket;
also refer to below)

2-2) Examples of phonetic bases
(lips-shape): [p]
(flat-tongue-shape): [t]
(breath-goes-up-to-nose): nasal
(long-line): long
(thin-shape for the thin opening): [i]

2-3) Compounded Phonemes

 { }: Bilabial Nasal[m]
 { }: long vowel [i:]
 { }: Alveolar Nasal[n]
 { }:
Plosive with lips and the tip of tongue

3 Ideograms to send a message through eyes

The bases
Usually a message is sent by ideograms.
Every basis shape can be located in
the same square, forming a simple shape
easy to recall its own basic image,
including ready-made well-known marks
such as + - = , numerals {0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
and the heart-mark. (3)

Since EL writing goes from the left to the right,
a left-pointing basis relates to the origin or past,
and a right-pointing basis relates to a heading
situation or future.
In the same way, there are many pairs of similarly
shaped partner bases, whose meanings are
also related to each other.

So you can quickly memorize the 70 EL bases.

3)Examples of bases of ideograms

: circle/globe/abstract & systematic concepts
: heart/feeling, : recognition,
: plant, : above/up
: opened/spread of energy

* Bases are just simple geometric shapes,
but they work as four-dimensional images
symbolizing various things:
E.g. symbolizes "heart" going to expand
from the bottom to above with its contents;
symbolizes both eyes or comparing two things
to "recognize" something.
Not like simple alphabets, recall your body feeling
and memory relating to each image
together when you see a basis; so EL would work
more dynamically in your creative thoughts.

Refer to the dictionary for images of bases.

4) Base Overlays

EL can create almost unlimited characters by
compounding bases on top of each other.

There are basically two ways to compound:

1, making a simplified picture-like fundamental
character for a new meaning by compounding
shapes of bases (4-1)

2, making a new character combining the
meanings of bases/fundamental ideograms (4-2)

A very complex concept is expressed by
joined-characters, arranging plural ideograms.

Bases and fundamental ideograms are based
on nature and common elements of human
recognition, not on a particular culture.
Cultural vocabularies are expressed
by combinations of bases and a fundamental
ideogram. (4-3 shows that example)

In EL, a character itself explains what it means;
so using EL for a cultural matter means
expressing it to others by a gathering of
common natural elements.

A concept can be shown as a base overlay; and
the limitation number of bases for overlaying is
not ruled. But of course, you can express a concept
resolving into its elements: as a gathering of bases
or fundamental ideograms connecting them with
the hyphen between them.

Beginners can express things with only easy symbols;
and gradually they want to use more complex symbols. (4-4)
4-1) Compounded ideograms and the applications
{ }:the sun (the simplified picture)
{ }: rising sun
: face (the simplified picture)
: forehead, : laughing
: flower (the simplified picture)
: blossom

4-2) Abstract ideograms combined meanings
: North, : language,
: happy/joy, : consciousness,
: prevalence, : pride

4-3) Expressions of God/god
nature、origin、 existence}
whole,zero are in one }

4-4) Expression of complicated concepts
ankle: (combination of neck and foot)
comedian: or
: person/occupation, : laugh、: face,
: open/energy-spread)

5 Simple and free word order for EL grammar

EL doesn't confine a basic character to a part of
speech such as noun, adjective or verb; also the
word order is basically free for easiness to
everyone for EL-signing and writing, while
speaking one's own language.

You get the structure of a sentence through
grammatical marks. (5)

Modification and Preposition:

In joined characters or phrases, the left character
modifies the right one as a rule.
When phrases continue, the left phrase usually
modifies the right.

When you see the preposition mark (5-2),
the following character/phrase modifies its front
word/phrase; if it is on top of a sentence, the
phrase modifies the predicate of the sentence.


To connect words/phrases/sentences in parallel,
the conjunction mark is located between them. (5-3)

Both preposition and conjunction marks have
only one, but by compounding other bases on top of
them to add other meanings, various prepositions and
conjunctions are distinguished.
See more about preposition and conjunction.


An EL ideogram basically shows a tangible thing/action/
situation of being, and they don't mean a verb by
themselves. A verb mark makes an ideogram/
phrase into a verb/a predicate
attaching to its front.

There are two types of verb mark.
: to make a verb to mean that the subject of this
sentence acts or become into the situation shown by
the following ideogram/phrase.

: to make a verb to mean that the subject of this
sentence lets/makes indicated object act/become
into the situation shown by the following ideogram/
phrase.  (5-4)

With this systematical rules, you can express a lot with
little memorization; also the structure of  a sentence
looks clear for any language users.

Compounded Verb Mark:
A verb mark also is compounded with other base/
ideogram to form various types of verbs such as
tense, passive, negative, progressive, etc.
See here for more details and examples of verbs.

5) Examples of grammatical marks

: the period of a sentence
(this basis has the image of 'unit')
: a pause between words/phrases/sentences:
Plural: longer pause, to form an indicator of
 special kind of sentence
: the subject indicator, when the subject
is not at the beginning of a sentence.
: to show an accusative case of a verb
: to show the indirect object of verb

5-2) Preposition mark, : of

: the flower of my() heart
: above the flower (above),
: at the sun-rise (time) (time)
: at/in/on ( place),
: without ... ( denied)
: to/for ( heading direction)

5-3) Conjunction mark, : (comma)/and

: the sun and a flower,
: a flower or a leaf
: or, : but (opposite)

5-4) Two verb marks, and

: look at it
(the verb form of eye: see, : it)
: show you(you)
(= let your eyes see)
: look like blossoms
(passive-verb, condition)
: I() was working for a long time for it.
({ past-verb, long continuation,
: function, : work)

: (I) will/intend to use it in the garden.
(:will-verb, : garden, : use
The subject of this sentence is abbreviated)

Indicators for special sentences to work with others:

EL uses indicators in front of special sentences for calling other's attention, inquiries and
requests, showing what the intention of the sentence is.

Which sentence type is shown by a base/ideogram bound between dots at the beginning of a sentence.
: the sign for getting other's attention ( : sense)

: the sign for asking a question (: wonder)
In an interrogative sentence, is compounded on the character that is the point of the question.
: Did you see it? (the point of the question is the past verb)
: Who ({ } did see it?

: the sign for asking a request (: asking)
: Please see it.
: It's a command, show it to me! ( power, command)

6 The Definition Brackets

The definition brackets hold a definition part in a phonetic description, bind a part of description 
distinguishing it from other parts as a speech, a special word/phrase or a internal sentence etc.

Also the single bracket works for classification of a name, creating a logo or an abbreviation
for a complicated thing.

; The thing ( ), which you didn't see, I () saw .
(the brackets are binding the internal sentence)

: "Hey!" "Oh, Hello!"
( : the binder of a speech for its meaning ( is abbreviated from sound)
in (surprised) is from its meaning of 'wave/ruffle'
{ global, peace { continuation of balance}}: EL-greeting sign for most occasions)

Definition brackets are also used for managing information, classification of names
and creating logos and abbreviations

{ ; is used to classify a name, : book}: shows the following character is the name of a book.
{ is for a logo by meaning or the abbreviation, : language}: (the book name) "Language"
The contents of (phonetic brackets) are phonetics; the pronunciation of the sound is [gengo] .

There are another pair of brackets , to remove the original meaning of ideogram/ideograms in it or between them to use for your personal setting.

7 Various methods to send a message

sign # Each basis has the following two types of hand-signs.

1) Hand-shape-signs: to show a base/notation by the hand shape.

2) Hand movement signs: drawing a base shape in the air;
some small bases, which movements don't work well, are shown by signing locations, changing from the standard position: in front of the shoulder. (7)

By the combination of a shape-signed hand with a movement/another location,
a hand shows a two-contents base-overlay at once; and using both hands, maximum a base overlay of four/five elements can be shown.

By learning signs and bases at the same time, you memorize them not only in your brain
but also with the body organs and the feelings; so you don't forget them.

Basic hand-signs are set as close to each natural gesture as possible, but base overlay might not be.
Combinations with mimicries would help to make hand-sign communications lively.

In the EL system, besides the notations, the numbers, the ASCII, hand-signs and the vocal codes,
the following applicable methods are also considered:

# the whole body signs
Using it in dancing or meditation, the movements and the symbolism works together for health.
It also works for sending a message to a visible distance.

# the running signs (for an emergency, bases shapes would describe by being run to a high far place)

# the touching sign drawing bases on the other's hand
It works with a blind and deaf person, or in darkness and silence.

# the eyeball sign
When a sick person can move only eyeballs, the bases drawing-movements by eyeballs can help a communication.

# Raised print
Instead of Braille, raised bases print would be used for blind people's books;
and other ordinary people can read/write the same thing too. So they can share information without extra effort.

Like these examples, EL attends to help people's communication under any kind of condition, because all of us have the potentiality to get a sudden physical accident in this civilized world, but no other language has prepared for that in itself.

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