|From:||Sai Emrys <saizai@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, June 28, 2005, 1:45|
(Perhaps this will be a series - non-[insert kludgy but omnipresent
language feature here]. Eris would be proud.)
So in this case: non-duality / non-polarity / etc. Or another way to
put it - analogy / continuous scales.
The problem: there are too many words that reference what are actually
(multi-dimensional?) (infinite?) spectra as if they were two (or more,
but finite) points.
E.g.: Good/bad. Old/young. Rich/poor. Etc.
I object. I would like to eradicate all of these - and the associated
(cringily kludgy) Esperantoesque practice of having some word be the
base and then antonyming it (e.g. malbono [sp?] et al). Likewise with
referring to the spectrum, or the unkown quantity, with one of the
endpoint words - e.g. "how old are you?".
More, I would like to have some sort of grammatical and elegant way of
having a *continuous* spectrum. I don't object to having reference
points along the way (e.g. for color or temperature), just to having
The simplest idea I can think of for auditory mode is to use the two
major continuous factors of speech - vertical & horizontal tongue
position. This would work OK for finite spectra - i.e. 0-1 or (0,0) to
(1,1) - but not so much for the infinite. Not sure how to work that.
For that matter, as a starter, do any of you actually understand what
I'm talking about and why it annoys me? (Does this sound familiar?
P.S. DC is nice. Bloody swamp, but nice nonetheless.