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Artificial language




It is election time in Germany and thus time for many people to read political manifestos. The German University in Hohenheim has analyzed the language used in those manifestos and came to the conclusion: they are impossible to understand for an average human being and need to be translated into some meaningful language so that people can understand it.
Amazing. Why do people chose some sort of artificial and unnecessarily complicated language when communicating ? How many presentations have you seen where you just would say: "Haeh ?"
Is it the attempt to create some sort of "professional appearance" when choosing such a language with over-complicated words and monster sentences, spaghetti charts and tons of details nobody really want to look at ?
Laws are another good example. Essential for our culture they should be easy to understand by everyone. But because of the language chosen to write those a new profession has been created to translate those laws into another over-complicated language: lawyer.
It is always amazing to me how something as simple as communication between people can be made so in-efficient.
This is part of the challenge in the Cognitive Era: translating data into meaning. Thus I like how this Watson-driven robot talks to a person in this video "IBM Watson Engagement Advisor ".



3 blog comments below

Excellent point Amagard. Looks as though all of that is written for an audience that doesn't include the electorate. I'm particularly irritated with the law and all of the fine print at the bottom of a document that people only take the trouble of pointing out after one has missed it.
deanhills on Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:14 pm
You ever seen American legalese? The secret language of lawyers to secure their jobs. Need a lawyer to translate what another lawyer stated.
If you can't dazzle with brilliance (the truth) then baffle them with meaningless BULL! American candidates are great at that. Tell the people what they want to hear then if elected do what lines your pockets.
standready on Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:26 pm
I personally think that lawyers don't want to overcomplicate the laws. Laws are meant to be applied therefore it needs to be very precise to avoid the bad interpretations of it and thus the complicated words. But it's true that there should be a work of law simplification and explication from the lawyers to the population.
MasterOfReality on Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:02 am



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