Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Do re mi fa sol la si do!

Music is always touted as a universal language... but Francois Sudre (d. 1862) took this notion a step further and invented Solresol, a very simple language that people from around the world could use to communicate with eachother, thus eliminating the need to study foreign languages. In order to make it neutral, he used the seven syllables of music as the basis (see title).

As one website puts it: "Of course, the French will always speak French, the English will always speak English, the Russians will always speak Russian, etc., but Solresol will be the common link, the universal means of communicating one's thoughts, in speech or even without speech, from afar as well as up close, in secrecy as well as in broad daylight."

(sniff), that's beautiful. Maybe now we can all try to understand eachother and stop the fighting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do mi.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Det. Rhiannon Brock said...

Is this the New Yorker site? Zinggg!

12:02 PM  
Blogger Lady N said...

damn, i hate it when people catch me

2:41 PM  

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