How to Say Everything in a Hundred-Word Language
Those who speak Toki Pona say linguistic simplicity can enable a more profound form of communication. “It is by metaphor that language grows,” writes the psychologist Julian Jaynes. “The common reply to the question ‘What is it?’ is, when the reply is difficult or the experience unique, ‘Well, it is like —.’”
That metaphorical process is at the heart of Toki Pona, the world’s smallest language.