On 4/16/19 11:52 PM, James Kass via Unicode wrote:

> http://historyview.blogspot.com/2011/10/yukaghir-girl-writes-love-letter.html

According to a comment, the Yukaghir love letter as semasiographic communication was debunked by John DeFrancis in 1989 who asserted that it was merely a prop in a Yukaghir parlor game.  Perhaps that debunking was in the very book cited by Martin J. Dürst earlier in this thread.

The blog page comment went on to say that Geoffrey Sampson, who wrote the book from which the blogger learned of the Yukaghir love letter, published a retraction in 1994.

Thank you.  I read about it in Sampson's book, but had not heard about the debunking or the retraction.

Almost too bad; it seems to work so well.  The closest thing I know to something like that, expressing ideas but not language-dependent, would be mathematical notation.


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