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Re: Computer syntax and VSO

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 20:11
En réponse à Samuel Rivier :

>However, what I am proposing here is that in some way >VSO or SOV sentence structure is "better", in terms of >mental processing, than SVO, by virtue of the >idealization that it is relatively unambiguous. Or is >it facetious of me to compare the human brain with >computer processing (though keep in mind that neurons >do transmit in terms of signal/no-signal)?
Actually, the intensity and frequency of the signal also play a strong role in the brain (especially due to the fact that most messages are relayed through neurotransmitters, i.e. chemicals, with a completely analogic response). Cascade effects through massive parallelisation also blur the picture (as well as the fact that a single neuron can have thousands and thousands of connections, leading to synergy effects - one signal provokes one response, another provokes another response, those two together provoke a third response which is more than the sum of the two -). And then there's the fact that the brain is constantly changing, modifying itself to give better response to the stimuli it receives. I studied neural physiology (I was in a physics and chemistry school, but our director was very insisting that we should learn a lot of biology too :)) ) and can tell you that the brain doesn't work in binary. Christophe Grandsire. You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.