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Re: Non-linear / full-2d writing systems?

From:Jim Henry <jacklongshadow@...>
Date:Friday, May 6, 2005, 14:54
Tim May <butsuri@...> li toki e ni:

>To put it another way: I don't know how to define human language, >exactly, but I know it when I see it. I agree that music and >mathematical notation don't really count. But since both spoken and >signed language do count, I know that the medium of transmission is >not fundamental to the definition. So I can imagine a written >language that is no more a representation of spoken language than sign >is.
It seems to me that we already have one or two such. Pinuyo doesn't look like a transcription of Dutch or English, at least in terms of grammar, though I can't tell from the small sample available how independent its semantics are. I don't understand Harpelan well enough to comment on it, but I suspect it is a unique language in its own right as well. Undoubtedly one could go further in exploiting the possibilities of 2D grammar, but Pinuyo is a good start in that direction.