Most members of my species are fairly human-like and can communicate using speech, but many of them possess mutations that make normal speech impossible. These mutations can also significantly change their limbs and digits, so a shared sign language won't work either. So that everyone can talk to each other, they have invented a way to communicate by tapping or clicking, but I'm not sure if it would be too slow to be practical for everyday use.
- Members of the species are about as intelligent as humans.
- They have not evolved to communicate using taps- it's a modern invention.
- They tap on small, simple devices they carry with them, personalised to the individual so that their taps sound unique. For this reason there is no standard on how the taps sound, except they are approximately the same length.
- They can produce two different-sounding taps with the devices. Of course, the absence of a tap can be used for communication too.
- I'll assume they can make up to 12 taps per second, and a listener can distinguish different taps at the same speed. Humans can tap 10-11 times per second, but because the species communicates this way constantly they're a little faster.
- The tapping language doesn't necessarily need to be similar to any spoken language.
- The tapping language must be able to communicate concepts just as complex as in English or another spoken language.
The obvious real-world parallel is morse code, but it's pretty slow to tap out each individual letter. Instead, my idea was to have each series of taps represent a different word, where each word's meaning is highly context-dependent (somewhat like the way Chinese characters work). However, I'm unsure of how fast communicating this way could be, and I feel that it might be easy to miscommunicate. Is there a better way? How fast could they communicate compared to real-world languages?