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Re: LUNATIC again

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, November 8, 1998, 3:09
Eric Christopherson wrote:
> Science has shown that some animals convey information to each other.
Ah! But those are 1) limited (they can only convey specific types of information, note that I said *flexible*), 2) they are not built on a finite number of building blocks, every human language is based on finite units, spoken languages have a finite, and relatively small, number of sounds, and signs in sign languages are made up of basic units (hand orientation, hand shape, etc.), which are also finite. I think I remember reading that ASL had something like 50 of these "phonemes" (they used a different word). -- "It has occured to me more than once that holy boredom is good and sufficient reason for the invention of free will." - "Lord Leto II" (Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert) ICQ #: 18656696 AOL screen-name: NikTailor