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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Saturday Rave: Morph

People have long felt a need for a universal language. People have quite often tried to make up one from scratch (though computers are demanding new words at such a rate that they seem to be making quite a good job of making one up themselves).

But look, here's someone who's already done it:

(photo by Giles Farrington Flickr user giles 72)

He's called Morph, and he was created by Peter Lord and David Sproxton and a lot of other people (one of the modellers was Chris Entwistle).

This is Peter Lord with Morph:

Peter Lord making Morph June 2014.jpg
By The Rambling Man with assistance from Jane Ormes - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Morph speaks...well, it's been called gobbledegook, but Morph makes noises people can understand, so I don't see why that doesn't count as language.

Have a look at this very short film (it's just over a minute long) and see if you can understand him.

Morph's language would be quicker to learn than Esperanto , anyway, wouldn't it.

Word To Use Today: morph. This word comes from the Greek morphÄ“, which means shape (and, by the way, shape is what my grandmother used to call blancmange. Coincidence, or what?).

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