the core language is supposed to be like a lingua franca,
on top of that is culture and planet specific words in the 24-31 glyph alphabet.
But I’m also thinking of something like an inter-planetary standard where each planet or planet region would get it’s own “namespace” much like unicode, for the words which are unique to that region. This would allow for robots in the outer solar system to communicate with those in the inner-solar system and they should have a minimum amount of word collisions, while also having precisely defined definitions.
The word definitions and name-spaces would be clarified probably during a solar-minimum, much like how covens meet on the new moon.
In a particular planet or colony, or even for particular jobs, there may be localized dialects, which allow higher speed communication regarding common workplace or colony matters. For this there is the “local-range” of the core-language which is phonotactically more difficult for humans to pronounce, though for computers it’s all numbers/tones/frequencies/modulations anyways.
This is “local-range” idea for the language is inspired by IP, which has local-IP’s of different classes 192.168.255 for small networks 10.255.255.255 for very large ones, and some for medium scale ones. So for instance planets (large), cities (medium) and work-groups (small).
For instance a meditation group I go to have a peculiar hand motion I haven’t yet learned the meaning of, where they raise both hands and wave them side to side. I think it’s like “halelujah” through interpreting their usage of it, though I wasn’t able to find it in any signing dictionary. It’s a small work-group with their own unique motion for it.
What I think is most interesting about the robot-langs is that even though the underlying structure and vocabulary may be the same, how it is realized can be highly variable. For instance on a dense atmospheric planet like Venus it makes sense to use sound. But for a vacuous planet like Mercury sound is pretty useless so would be best to use light, such as VHF for work-groups, AM for city broad-casts, but for personal communication can use blinking LED’s (like infra-red remote controls) since they have more privacy.
If someone was really close they could probably do a hand-shake and communicate at much higher speed (for HD video or immersive memories) and best privacy via an optical connection either in their palm or wrist.
Miners might prefer to use sound, but by transmiting it through the rock walls of the mining tunnels.
Though certainly there could be some miscommunication, not only due to the large variety of mediums, but also the work-group jargons. However a nice thing is that it would be easier to identify since it has a seperate name-space.
So when talking to strangers a person would have to use long bit-width letters, so they could use the inter-planetary standard for those words. Though for someone from the same city, that they know lives there they could use city-level jargon, and those save a ‘bit’ or two.
Wheras if someone attempts to talk to a stranger using the local-jargon words, they might be seen as uneducated (not knowing the inter-planetary word) or rude (intentionally saying things in a way the recipient is unlikely to understand).
One thing I like about robots, is that vowel-shift and things like that are much less likely,
so don’t really have to worry about “sound-change”, only the implementation may differ.
For instance perhaps on some parts of mercury they blink more brightly, or slowly than in other places, depending on temperature, since the higher the temperature the necessarily lower the operating speed to avoid overheating. wheras in the poles or at night they might just flicker briefly to save on transmission energy.
In a way we actually see that in English also, as southern states people are known to “drawl” or speak more slowly than the northerners. There are studies that show it is more difficult to make good decisions when it’s hot than when it is cold.
So perhaps there would be a similar kind of dynamic we see,
with the equatorials (inner planets) having most of the resources,
but the polwards (outer planets) having most of the brains,
seems like a good source of conflict,
to liven up a story :-).