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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 > characters.
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.)


H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>