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White Eye Sign


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  The White Eye SignSignes de l'Ull Blanc (WESSUB) is a tactile and visual constructed language designed by the White Eye for secret in-person communication between its agents. To ensure that any agent can use it regardless of their native language and planet, it has its own grammar and vocabulary. However, it can hardly be considered a full language, as it's not designed to be able to describe anything.   Thanks to its simplicity, messages can be sent under the cover of innocent gestures, such as hugging someone, adjusting your clothes, manipulating an object (such as closing a door), or even just mindlessly tapping a table.  



Following its design goal to be inconspicuous when used in public, the WES is spoken with just the tips of the fingers of one hand. The hand itself can be in any position or shape, as long as the other person can see the tips—still, the ideal scenario is having the hand flat on a surface or on some part of the other person's body (usually the arm, the shoulder, or the back). Regardless of the position, or if the message is transferred visually or through touch, the WES is used by moving the fingers up and down, usually pressing them against a surface.   The language has a total of 16 phonemes, called configurations:
  • 5 one-fingered configurations, one for each finger that is individually pressed down. They are numbered from 1 to 5 (for example, pressing the thumb down is called "configuration 1").
  • 10 two-fingered configurations, one for each combination of two fingers that can press down. They are numbered with the digits corresponding to the active fingers, left to right (for example, pressing the thumb and index fingers down is called "configuration 12").
  • The so-called resting configuration, in which all five fingers are down (or raised up, depending on the situation).

Syntax and grammar

The WES has a strict SVO order to minimize ambiguities. The verb can never be omitted, the object can only be omitted with intransitive verbs, and the subject can only be omitted with the imperative (in which case 2nd person singular is assumed). There are, however, pronouns that can be used to refer to previous subjects or objects to avoid having to repeat them.


Tactile sign language
Used by
White Eye agents


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Jul 24, 2023 19:35 by Catoblepon

Now this is interesting...

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Jul 25, 2023 10:28 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Ooo, I like this. I'm intrigued as to the sorts of information one could communicate with this. :)

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Jul 25, 2023 11:26

Its vocabulary is focused on missions, so things like "we're being watched", "follow my lead", or even "don't trust this person, use a false identity" are very quick to say. You could technically use it to describe anything (after all Toki Pona has less than 200 words and is considered a "full" conlang), but words like "sky", or "water" don't exist. You can still refer to them as "up" and "liquid", or "blue up" and "colorless liquid" to be more precise, but using it in everyday life is clunky.   Thanks for reading! :)

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Aug 2, 2023 02:03 by Molly Marjorie

Very interesting. I like the "phonology." It reminds me of braille, actually, which uses combinations of six dots. It's amazing how much you can communicate with a small inventory.

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Aug 2, 2023 11:00

Yes! Braille is slightly different because it's just a code for the alphabet, while the White Eye Sign is a language.

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Aug 14, 2023 22:50 by Julien P

Interesting secret/spy language. 16 "words" may seem small, but would be curious to see it expanded and understand more example of the language use. Nice balance of story about it and technical description.

Aug 15, 2023 08:44

It's not 16 words, it's 16 phonemes! These 16 phonemes get combined in different ways to create words, just like sounds in spoken languages. English has over 40 phonemes (depends on dialect), but many other languages have fewer, such as Japanese with about 20.

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