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Re: Geometry in natlangs (Was: Re: Most developed conlang)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Monday, April 23, 2007, 17:47
On Sat, Apr 21, 2007 at 02:17:20PM -0700, John Crowe wrote:
> Hi, > > << > I doubt our hypothetical 4D beings would be too concerned with > reciting Schläfli symbols for polychora (4-polytopes), much as *we* > aren't too concerned with reciting Schläfli symbols for 3D polyhedra > in our everyday life. > >> > > Actually, our current system of communicating 3D figures is somewhat > of an attempt at a semiconsistent method. If all they knew were > Schläfli symbols, they'd be perfectly fine with them. What > advantage does "square" have over "regular 4-gon"? :)
The fact that "square" is one syllable versus five? :-) But my point was that mathematically regular figures are less likely to be referred to in everyday communication than the shapes of common objects of practical utility (boxes for storage---probably not a regular 4-cube, perhaps ellipsoidal bowls, etc.). --T