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Re: your conlang

From:R. Skrintha <srik@...>
Date:Saturday, October 10, 1998, 7:59

On Mon, 5 Oct 1998, Orjan Johansen wrote:

> On Sun, 4 Oct 1998, R. Skrintha wrote: > > > As to Hambhukringki, it relies on certain symmetries in semantic space. It > > generalizes usual actions and meanings into their symmetric supersets > > along more than one axis (space/time/internal-space). > > No internal-time?
Acutally, yes: but the term is used to refer not to a seperate degree of freedom, which is the thing listed above, but the manner in which symmetry in the temporal axis is broken. "Internal-space" is a term borrowed from gauge (math: fiber-bundle) theories in Physics. In classical electromagnetism for example, gauge transformations, since they leave the physical fields unchanged, are like displacements in an internal space (along a fiber) governed by connection coefficients. Analogously, in the conlang, movement along the "internal-space" does not affect the 'outer' features of an expression: the clause-roles, aspects, deixis, pragmatics, etc. It refers to the space of 'symmetricized qualities'. Altho i refered to it as an axis, it is really an infinite dimensional space (in the sense that different qualities are "orthogonal" to each other). To make a short story long: An action like 'take' and 'put' are viewed as the same 'object' in which the time-symmetry has been broken in different ways. The lexical entry for either action is basically a set of sequential snapshots, as it were, that depict a grasping at one end attached to a transportion string: <grasp....transport> The above string has no preferred direction intrinsic to it: i.e, it is time-symmetric. In actual speech, the symmetry is broken by introducing an internal time direction: by deciding which sequence of choosing the snapshots moves forward in time. If the sequence is such that: grasp----->transport the action refers to a 'taking'. On the other hand if the sequence is: grasp<----transport this is really the same as: transport---->ungrasp in other words, it means a 'putting'. The crucial point here is that the symmetry breaking morpheme is non-local (thus in H'kringki we have 'morphological non-locality' as against Lin's phonological non-locality): that is, the symmetry breaking is coded into the morphology not of the word/object whose symmetry is being broken, but of another word/object bound to it according to certain grammatical rules. Regards, skrintha