Why I specified Chinese

Mandarin (and the other languages that use the Chinese characters) and Instrumentation are ideographic languages. I assume that you are familiar with (or can find out about) the structure of written Chinese. There are over 4,500 'characters' used by Chinese languages.

Instrumentation uses a single glyph with 33 'elements'. Each element may be present or absent. Each combination of elements is called an "Aspect of the Glyph" or just an 'aspect'. Each aspect has a specific meaning called a 'term'. A single Instrumentation glyph has over eight and a half billion aspects.

Here is an example of a term from the Instrumentation game. The 'not' modifies the 'expeditingly', so this would be translated to "before most not expeditingly" in English (which means something like "before things slowed down the most").

A random glyph, as an example

Before things were excessively slowed down

I picked an obscure phrase, because I want to focus on the subtlety of the differences between glyphs. If we change the right element this term becomes "most proposingly before not" ( or "before (someone) decided to avoid ever making a proposal"). These terms are quite different, although they are both considered aspects of 'doing business' within Instrumentation.

The mnemonic system (based on the I Ching) should help people learn the relationship between the aspect and the term, but reading fluency can only be achieved when the user can recognize the term automatically, without thinking about the meanings of the elements.

I believe that people will eventually be able to learn to associate many terms with their glyphs, but this will require trained pattern recognition skills, just like the Chinese ideograms do. I currently assume that people who can already read other ideographic languages will have a bit of a head start in this skill.

So I picked Chinese because it represents a group of widely used languages which require comparable reading skills. I'm not comparing speaking or listening skills because Instrumentation is not meant to be spoken.

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