Talk:An Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language
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I added a source for the example words from Wilkins language, is this the correct format for references on wikipedia? Sjf, 17:10, 4 February 2006
The following book goes into great detail about the developments that influenced Wilkins and others: Knowlson, James (1975) Universal Language Schemes in England and France, 1600-1800, University of Toronto Press. This book has almost 70 pages of bibliography and notes.
For a full chapter about Wilkins and his project, see: Eco, Umberto (1995) The Search for the Perfect Language, Oxford: Blackwell.
In _Gulliver's Travels_, the Grand Academy of Lagado was Jonathan Swift's satire of the kinds of projects discussed in Knowlson's book.
Leibniz visited England and was sympathetic to Wilkins' project. He also studied Chinese characters. The hexagrams of the I Ching (or Yi Jing) inspired Leibniz to invent binary arithmetic. See G. W. Leibniz, _Writings on China_, translated by D. J. Cook & H. Rosemont, Chicaco: Open Court.