Artificial language designed to allow a baseline or near-baseline to communicate the maximum amount of information in the briefest amount of time.

Brev makes use of the entire range of phonemes that the baseline voice is capable of, not just those found a particular language group. It has been mostly used by those hu who prefer to avoid using direct mind to mind communication links. The written version of the language employs graphic ideograms. Some proponents hold that speakers of Brev can compress an entire life history into 5 sentences or 3 lines of ideographs, but this is generally considered spurious by linguists.

Brev was invented during the early Empires period by a splinter faction of the Refugium Federation called Ecos Ascending.

The language is so compact that a speaker can repeat themself three times before a "slow-language" speaker can say the same thing once. This repetition allows the listener to pick up the patterns of the sentence/paragraph more easily. Sometimes, especially among the cyborg augmented clades, the language functions similarly to ai languages based on data packets:

C: Mary had a little lamb :receipt?: D: Mhall :receipt.: C: Whose fleece was white as snow :receipt?: D: Wffwwas :receipt.: C: :incorrect receipt.: :correction: Whose fleece was white as snow :receipt?: D: Wfwwas :receipt.: etc.

Because of Brev's vulnerability to errors/noise, a lot of effort has been put into reducing or eliminating such problems as the language was developed. One simple method was to eliminate the use of homophones (deer/dear, to/two/too are examples in Information age English). Speed of delivery was less of a factor than tone, prefix and suffix placement, as well as a more even use of phonemes to reduce the necessary length of a word. Misunderstandings were not eliminated altogether, but were minimised through such strategies.

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Development Notes
Text by Todd Drashner
Initially published on 31 December 2007.