Disclaimer: “most elaborate” to be seen not as a sweeping generalization, but as a limit to my knowledge, of any language or their rules, as I know.
Couple years or so ago, I had remarked, that Japanese Language has unified it so well (and Chinese perhaps) that even if they might have had tons of language in the sense of how India has tons of language today, they have all turned into one language. In case of Chinese its called ( — despite perhaps tracts or streams or different flavors?) Mandarin and in case Japanese, Nihongo ( — in Japanese there are few dialects, eg Gifu? where is Shibata san from, again?).
Here is the reason why I had said that. See, I have a priority line up for 2 years. I am able to get back to errands only in 2 years, reason why you should not cram me with stuff, even if its a dinner call. Or set your clock two years in retrograde.
Lets take one phonetic unit (which is conjugate of phonetic elements ka and i) kai. There are so many meanings, to this single phonetic word, kai, which is elaborate because Japanese Language has defined as many kanji or pictorial units for each meaning. (these latter, the kanjis, would also degenerate, that means rules would define how one kanji may be used, to denote more than one phonetic way, in some cases these are called: kun yomi, that is, given one kanji; what would be its phonetic way of reading. kun is sun, china or country, as per my analysis, hence perhaps original or borrowed. And yomi in Japanese means “read or study”. ( — confuse not: yume is dream ! )
Clarification; I am not saying there is a degeneracy of one kanji, but a mixation of kanji with same parts, will have a rule, how the resultant kanji will be read. Then if you are to list the resultant kanji based on its parts, it will lead to various phonetics, and their rules, if there are, a compiled set. One goal of this website is then to find out if possible, some rules, that are not yet known by any. So that means, many years down the line, when I would possibly be having a lot more depth in kanji and Japanese rule. I just began.
Couple years ago, for this reason, not the kai reason, but any phonetic-word-attempt which gave me tons of kanjis, for same phonetics, I said, Japanese Language has so many synonyms, (perhaps this is anti-synonym, but in my defense, I don’t remember exact word I used, its a memory retrieval, you see) and still Japanese Language unites them all and makes into one language; we can also do this for Indian language.
Indian (Language) would be far easier (than the complexity of Japanese) in that, given, lets say, jack-fruit will have 8 different words only, across India, then, we have to put them all into one syllable-alphabet unit (that can be newly defined, because now we have at-least 20 ways to define) eg Hindi: kathar/kathal, Odi: panas (Telugu also Panas, I know, I asked this to my friend 15 years ago, he was from AP, his name Venkateswaralu Goruganthi, funny fella with thilak on his head, see since when I am doing my language research?) I don’t know more language, lets say: Gujurati: xyz.
Then take all Indian Language and list these into one unit. That unit would be given a special phonetic tag. (Because we don’t have any) The reverse of this has been accomplished by Japanese. By having each meaning for a single phonetic or syllable unit as a kanji (or pictorial unit) they have unified language. Back then I said, 20 some synonyms, (so many = 20) Lets count today.
As if a coincidence I found 20. Although, there would be, some redundant issues here (eg 買い and 買 ) and a few more may be left. (eg I remember, now I know some Japanese Language by memory: kai = write, kai in kaishi = begin). Lets see what we found in Japanese for kai; each of the following is kai, with different meaning. Only one is (sa)kai and couple are not known (just kai, in 2nd line), from where I am searching. Lets then, give their meaning.
会 回 海 買い 貝 階 解 界 介 下位 峡 怪 甲斐 飼い 買 櫂 快 歌意 交い 科医
Meeting Time Sea Buy Shellfish Floor Solution Field Through Subordinate Isthmuses Mystery Worth Domestic Purchase Paddle Comfort Kai Kai Family-physician
Isn’t this clear then, Japanese Language system, was very ready from its metamorphosis, when such advancement could be captured in an advance way? I mean take any phonetic unit, lets say uma, that would throw all the kanji of the corresponding synonym. Then altogether that would be known as the Japanese Language. (Because there is such a thing called Kanji and Hiragana eg, all these would be merged into one system, result 1 language). With Indian language, there 20 language and 700 dialects because such a thing has never been achieved. We are adamant that we had a unified “greater bharat” in the past. Then where is the symbol? Where is the unified script? We don’t, We have had various shilalipi (stone scripts) Pali, Prakrit, this and that. But most of the alphabets for (most of?) each language has been developed only recently, because India has been in most part of its recent history never unified. In-fact perhaps it was never unified. Which is why we see the divisions (eg in Language). But I believe there must be an inherent unity, if not still an unification attempt will unite the Languages, you will see in an advanced and amazing way, if not I would not have the confidence to study Japanese Language, who wants to learn another 4, language? Because its unfied I am learning only one more language, plus it means I am also partially learning Chinese. The 1947 Independence brought a golden opportunity; to set for the first time an unified India. (And no, not to correct history, but to unify it.) But we haven’t used that Jack Pot.
In any case, we can totally develop an unified language system, called, bharatiya. By 15 years if not less. 2020 is like IPL cricket, if 5050 is one day. I made that joke once, recall? Vision 5050 wasn’t so great, who will wait for 5050-2014 = 3036 years? Our smart people came to cricket mentality, 5050 was reduced to 2020 so they thought thats a vision, If wishes were horse. 2020 is only 6 years away. It takes 3 years to decide on a Lokpal Bill. I think it would take much more than 50 years to even frame a good language system. But we can do it in 15 years. It would be like say 10 airports across the country. And totally possible.
India under the aegis of Bharatiya (which means, maharatjya, maharaxa, maharaja etc) one language, one people.
Note, the above series of kanjis I gave is not just for kai, perhaps modern systems make it easier to pull up all sorts of words, but lets not forget there is a great deal of rules, that go into first putting all relevant info in places, thats where Japanese Language is advanced, It has developed an unified rule, over 100s of years perhaps. Perhaps we have many tracts of unified language, but we need further unification or merger. If we fail, we will have pushed it by another 100 years. Then perhaps we would become the only anti-unified or un-unifiable anti-un-country in the world.