11.0474 imaginary languages

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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 474.
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Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 16:47:50 -0600 (CST)
From: BRUNI <jbrun@eagle.cc.ukans.edu>
Subject: Re: 11.0471 imaginary languages

I don't know if this exactly qualifies, but Vaclav Havel's play *The
Memorandum* features an invented language called "ptydepe."

Briefly, the play which satirizes bureaucracy is about an office where all
memos must be written in ptydepe, and how a complete breakdown in
communication results.

John Bruni
Department of English
University of Kansas

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