Re: Non-linear / full-2d writing systems?
|From:||Joseph Bridwell <zhosh@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, May 7, 2005, 18:25|
> > If you meant writing in 3D characters, that'd be right up the
> > alley of a conlang spoken by 4D beings. :-)
> But why couldn't 3d beings use 3rd characters? But I thought
> Sai was envisioning something that was not just made up of
I don't know about the others, but I'm a 4D being - I have height,
with, depth and I exist in time.
> Yes, and a totem pole, whether short or long, is a 3d object :)
> As Sai suggested above, it could be _sculptural_ which is what a
> totem pole is.
I keep coming back to ASL. Many ASL signs change/morph. That
requires a way of projecting 4D onto 3D, or a medium in which the
morphing can be actively shown.
> 1. Having something that takes up so much space it needs
> a whole wall is a bit inconvenient. We need something that
> is going to fit onto a reasonable size sheet of paper or
> VDU (with sensible resolution) IMO.
Shades of Jonathan Swift's Laputans (IIRC). This same question has
flitted through my mind during this thread. (It degraded in a
conversation with a friend about the library buildings for such a
language - bay after bay of diagrams or sculptures for a single
poem, with abbreviated references to bay thus&so of hall whatzit to
find the definition of a ideogram.)