“The original purpose of a phonetic picture-writing is: it’s an artificial language, by which one can express everything – optically and acustically.
For ideograms can be combined into scenes, and these can be spoken as sentences: The example beside is pronounced “ani amimipi ela” and means “legs, (over it) cape, (over it) face”: There is a standing man, with cape, his face is visible.”
Such an artificial language has many advantages: Much Fun, quick optical surveying, quick writing of the simply-shaped letters, very clear phonetics (good for speech recognition by computer).
During the classical antiquity, the phonetic picture-writing was used to encode pictures into texts. How this was done, is described in the article about the latin writer Plinius. By this method, antique writers handed to us lots of mini-pictures, mostly faces. These encoded pictures served for entertainment, the mutual recognition of initiates (the phonetic picture-writing was kept secret in mystical circles), an the hiding of informations in texts.”
Phonetic Picture – Writing
Generating an Artificial Language
by Leonhard Heinzmann