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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@...>

> Okay, I'm curious; on this site > (, about > 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?
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? Paul


Joseph Bridwell <darkmoonman@...>