Lindsay, with A Voyage to Arcturus, tests the same visionary and linguistic envelopes. In the Orwellian view of language, the reduction of vocabulary to a functional and brutal Sun-speak is seen as a means of limiting the population's consciousness itself; pruning the gorgeous wilderness of language back to predetermined boundaries...

source: Alan Moore's Introduction to A Voyage to Arcturus

Can you please explain the meaning of Sun-speak? It is nowhere to be found.

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    I would guess that Sun is a reference to a newspaper which uses a limited vocabulary. Quite which is anyone's guess, though.
    – Andrew Leach
    Mar 18, 2016 at 13:06
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    Perhaps A Voyage to Arcturus is a novel or short story, and perhaps Sun-speak is a fictional language invented by the author and spoken by the characters in the novel? This term does not have any standard meaning in English. In George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four there was a fictional language called Newspeak. Mar 18, 2016 at 13:08
  • @ghostarbeiter is largely correct. I don't recall the term Sun-speak being in the Voyage, but it has been a while since I read it. I suspect Moore coined the term to draw a parallel to Orwell's Newspeack.
    – bradimus
    Mar 18, 2016 at 13:12

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I believe Alan Moore is referring to the British tabloid newspaper The Sun, which is notorious for its simplified, often prejudiced, language.

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