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Speed Listening Language

"Shortspeak" based on the old "speed reading", a shorthand for narration.
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I can outline the goal but not exactly how it would be done. The goal is to take a book that would normally take say 10 hours to read and cut it down to 2 hours.

I don't know how they used to do shorthand, or how courtroom stenographers did it with those little keyboards, but this would be the audio equivalent.

So let's take Moby Dick's first line. I'll give it a shot: ''Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating circulation.

Now read at 2 times speed:

"I'm Ishmael, years ago broke, bored thought I'd sail the world for adventure."

I have no idea what driving off the spleen and regulating circulation means so I'd probably leave that out.

So I timed the first reading, regular speed: 16 seconds.

Shortspeak (the verbal equivalent of shorthand) at 2x speed: about 3 seconds.

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doctorremulac3, Jul 13 2021

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[pocmloc] found it for you! [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 14 2021]

the fly https://images.app....l/Zp6noFjDHZPVrGR39
[pertinax, Jul 14 2021]

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       I think this has already been done.
pocmloc, Jul 13 2021
  

       Readers Digest abridged books. Synopses. etc.
pocmloc, Jul 13 2021
  

       There is a kind of genius to this. I had once been intent on finding automatic abstractors, but a better approach might be a tool which simplifies and shortens all of the sentences.
4and20, Jul 13 2021
  

       I have been searching but I cannot find, an idea on here where a text was given both a compressed version (as you suggest here) and also a bloated version (with additional padding words and clauses)
pocmloc, Jul 13 2021
  

       You should sell that condensed version to Reader's Digest.
a1, Jul 13 2021
  

       I read something years ago, about a competition doing just this to find/create the most condensed version of the lord's prayer.
The winner: "Pa, ta."
neutrinos_shadow, Jul 13 2021
  

       Anybody else try to swipe that random comma off of their screen thinking it was dirt?   

       As for the idea... I guess;
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       //that random comma//   

       It reminds me of the famous Amsterdam fly (link).
pertinax, Jul 14 2021
  

       Cue Joe Friday:   

       "Just the facts, ma'am."   

       Doubleplusgood.
whatrock, Jul 14 2021
  

       Whoa, just noticed the comma. Does look like a speck on the screen. Not sure how it got there, think I'll leave it.
doctorremulac3, Jul 14 2021
  
      
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