Sonja Lang has created the world’s smallest functional language. Her creation, Toki Pona, contains only 123 total words, and holds simplicity as its highest ideal. Jeff is enamored by language and charmed by the idea of designing one from scratch to fulfill a specific aesthetic, while Anthony is frustrated by the lack of nuance and potential for confusion. Together, they attempt to communicate what makes for great communication.
We Have Concerns is entirely listener supported! To keep us ad-free and get early episodes/bonus content, check out our Patreon: http://patreon.com/wehaveconcerns
Get all your sweet We Have Concerns merch by swinging by http://wehaveconcerns.com/shop
Hey! If you’re enjoying the show, please take a moment to rate/review it on whatever service you use to listen.
Here’s the iTunes link: http://bit.ly/wehaveconcerns
And here’s the Stitcher link: http://bit.ly/stitcherwhc
Jeff on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeffcannata
Anthony on Twitter: http://twitter.com/acarboni
Today’s story was submitted by Joan: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/07/toki-pona-smallest-language/398363/
If you’ve seen a story you think belongs on the show, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave it on the subreddit: http://reddit.com/r/wehaveconcerns