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Re: Zero-entropy (was Re: FINAL QUESTION: your natlangs...)

From:Tommie Powell <tommiepowell@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 7, 1998, 22:55
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From: Terrence Donnelly <pag000@...>
To: Multiple recipients of list CONLANG <CONLANG@...>
Date: Wednesday, October 07, 1998 3:09 PM
Subject: Re: Zero-entropy (was Re: FINAL QUESTION: your natlangs...)

>At 06:53 AM 10/7/98 -0000, Tommie Powell wrote: >>In 1962, some mathematician at NSA "proved" that a "zero-entropy" language >>would be theoretically possible. In other words, if you had such a >>language, then, no matter how you jumbled up a sentence's symbols, the >>result would be some other sentence that made sense. >> >>There's no such thing as an unbreakable code, but such a language would
>>the effect of making even the simplest of codes "unbreakable" because any >>would-be code-breaker would never get any result that he could discard as >>nonsensical (and hence he would never be able to rule out any possible >>notion of how the messages were being encoded). >> > >I realize from reading this that it is a good description of the principle >behind my "quantum language" Bogomol. I didn't realize it was actually >possible! (Since the Bogomoli are intelligent insects, I didn't place a >high value on plausibility in constructing it.) > >In Bogomol, words can have many different meanings, and the proper reading >of each word isn't determined until the end of the utterance by a "ranking >syllable". If Bogomol were a code, you could transmit the individual words >and send the ranking syllable by some other means. Among the Bogomoli, >these potential meanings are closely monitored, so that inauspicious >combinations >can be avoided, or bon mots composed as a subtext to the main message. > >-- Terry > > >
I visited your website and had Bogomoli fun there. One of my buddies in military intelligence had a very similar idea, but I doubt he ever did anything with it. -- Tommie