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Re: CHAT: Re : Re: Tlvn, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius

From:Charles <catty@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 14, 1999, 18:38
From Http://Members.Aol.Com/Lassailly/Tunuframe.Html wrote:

> the question is rather : why 1-, 2- or 3-valency-mapping all over the world, > in ANY language and not 4, 5 or 6, etc. ? > THAT is the tremendously interesting fact i wonder since i'ved learned and > used foreign, "exotic" languages. > there are 3 "core slots" as joshuah shinavier would say. > so why try to occult that universal reality and fodder myths of mathematically > driven, pseudo-linguistical myths of "logical" binary valency-mapping instead > ?
Ah, metaphysics ... Why 3? I have been seeing this 3 everywhere in language. Noun, verb, adjective; past, present, future; make, do, have; me, you, other. Another well-known metaphysical law is "7 plus or minus 2", URL cited months ago. OK, here's why: The underlying mechanism *is* a binary distinction, yes/no, perceived vs. not. Taken in a pair, like adjective = [+noun +verb], one can look at the major deep-semantic categories "noun/verb/adjective" as quasi-really [+noun], [+verb], [+noun +verb], [-noun -verb] (adverb/particles). So rather than 3 options, there are 3 plus none-of-the-above. Taking 3 traits at a time, 3 bits, 7 options + none-of-the-above. I think this is really how the brain maps things, sort-of. Pythagoras-Turing wins eventually.