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Non-linear / full-2d writing systems?

From:Sai Emrys <saizai@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 4, 2005, 6:47
Has anyone other than me attempted to make one, or theorized about how
one would do so & the consequences thereof? I'm fairly sure this is
true, but I can't find any examples thereof via Google..

By "full-2d", what I mean is something akin to a thoughtweb - rather
than a serialized / linear sequence of characters, it would
interconnect concepts in 2d (or greater) space. For example, copular
forms - equation, adjectives, subset, etc. - could probably all be
written by connecting two (symbolic) ideas with a line of a particular
kind, representing their relation.

Another idea is from frame semantics - one could create a
frame-foregrounding (rather than word-foregrounding) language with
this fairly easily. That is, to take the generic cogsci example, one
would have a symbol for "commercial transaction", and then emphasize
particular roles of it - which could be connection-points on the
symbol - to express verbs like buy, sell, cost, bargain, etc.

Comments / links / amazingly better and well-thought-out ideas?

 - Sai


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