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Wordless language (WAS: NonVerbal Conlang?)

From:Sai Emrys <sai@...>
Date:Thursday, June 29, 2006, 4:42
Moving this to a new thread...

On 6/28/06, Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...> wrote:
> I want to open a third meaning; > (3) a spoken-and-heard language without words.
> > is a very good introduction to the problem.
" Definition of a word: Stress Phonological Vowel harmony Phonological processes Mobility Morphological-syntactic Uninterruptibility Internal stability" So how would a NLF2DWS fused symbol (or set of symbols, or whatever you'd call the thing) fit? It would not be phonological in any sense (perhaps one can create graphical analogs?). And because of the fusion, it would be both interruptible and internally unstable; dunno about mobility. For that matter, can anyone suggest a method of doing wordless language that does not involve a fusional 2dws? It's all I can think of, but surely there are other means... FWIW, I think it's worth putting aside the question about whether particles are "real words" or not, unless we're to talk about a language that would somehow be entirely composed thereof. (What would it be like?)
> > includes Dixon & Aikhenvald's quote of several grammarians, including > Milewski, to the effect that the "word" is irrelevant, or at least not-very- > relevant, in the polysynthetic languages of North America.
*haven't read that one* How so? - Sai


R A Brown <ray@...>