Re: Throwing out the tree-structured grammar (SF Xenolinguistics FAQ)?
|From:||Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, June 11, 2005, 2:48|
On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 12:19:02 -0400, Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>
I cannot see that it is possible to have anything recognisable as language
that is not reducible (or morphable, or pick-your-verb-able) to some kind
of tree. The universe of perception is things happening to objects,
relationships between objects, and relationships between events. That's
pretty irremovable from a tree-able structure, isn't it?
> Okay, I'm curious; on this site
> midway through, the author of this FAQ says this:
>> Architecture: seriously alien grammars may throw
>> out the whole terrestrial "tree-structure" scheme,
>> replacing it with some bizarre kind of "stack"
>> or "hash", but I feel no urge to attempt to
>> describe such horrors.
> How would one do that?