"bringing color to human language"
CPG is a new writing system for the English language which achieves a unified system, melding the best aspects of the world's two principal writing paradigms: Western alphabetic scripts and Eastern logographics. It features three important innovations. First, it introduces the concept of using colors (chroma) to represent vowel sounds. Second, it treats consonant blends as letters in their own right. Third, it combines the phonetic (phono) principle of western alphabets, with the eastern practice of representing words as pictures (glyphics) which fit into uniform squares.
(The following expresses the same thing with CPG)
CPG is not intended to be
written by hand. The variety of colored pens that would
be required, as well as the extreme precision with which the
various consonantal features need to be placed, make it
unsuitable for manual use. This particular linguistic
development has had
to await the advent of computers. I have used Adobe's
PostScript language to write the CPG software engine.
Syllables within a word are stacked vertically from top to bottom, with their heights compressed as necessary depending on how many a word contains. Words, on the other hand, extend in a horizontal direction from left to right. Finally, punctuation is indicated by black-and-white pattern-filled shapes appended at the bottom (or top) of the word after which they would be postpended (or before which they would be prepended) in normal writing. Consonant blends occupy the same amount of space as pure consonants, and should be thought of as individual letters, just as in ordinary writing vowel blends such as long I (a blend of short O and long E) are regarded as individual letters. Thus the CPG "alphabet" consists of 223 letters (25 basic consonants, 13 vowels, and 185 consonant blends). As you study the various kinds of blends you will be able to appreciate how the different basic consonant shapes were chosen so as to satisfy the constraint of having to nest within each other as necessary, based on their natural usages and sequencing in the English language.
following links provide detailed descriptions of CPG's
Please note that I characterize
eastern (kanji) writing systems as logographic rather than
ideographic. This is in accordance with the modern
understanding that in the Chinese system, characters
represent sounds not ideas. I would prefer to call it
syllabographic, since each character always stands for a
syllable. But due to the large amount of syllabic homonymy,
it is often the case that entire words do not require more
than one character, and so it is largely, though not
entirely, a logographic system.
we can define an exploded version of the alphabet as follows:
It should be
obvious which of the following two versions of the same
phrase more readily communicates the informational content:
that we proceed, not in the direction of increasing
fragmentation, but in the opposite direction of increasing
amalgamation. Rather than segmenting letters into smaller
sub-components, suppose that we instead treat letters as
sub-components of words connected into a single
two-dimensional graphic. Just as letter fragmentation
resulted in a slowing down of the linguistic data
transmission rate, we should expect to see a speeding up
with lexical amalgamation - especially if, by using color,
those retinal communication circuits associated with cones
are opened up.
To recapitulate, in the first example the subcomponents of letters (strokes) have been separated, resulting in 64 letter elements being replaced by 104 stroke elements. In the second example 61 letters have been unified into 7 lexical elements, not merely by interposing separating spaces, but by creating highly distinct, non-fragmented colored glyphics, recognizable at a single glace as perceptual units.
© 2006 Richard Brodie