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

From:Sai Emrys <saizai@...>
Date:Thursday, May 5, 2005, 20:25
> You can do that, but it's rather unusual. Most would consider e.g. maths or > formal logics a notational system, but not a writing system. Writing systems > are usually considered the subgroup of notational systems that represent > languages.
Why yes, yes it is unusual. Especially if it is to be used that is something that is *not* merely a notational system that is suited only to an extremely limited domain. But we're in the business of *creative* linguistics, are we not? I for one am not interested in constraining what language can do merely because it hasn't been done before in a natural language. If you can argue that there is something to the *idea* that is impractical, impossible, or unsuited to human cognition, that would be an interesting argument. But your argument is essentially that it is not a code as [nearly] all other writing systems are... and that's a chiken-and-egg. FWIW, I agree with Joe. I am using 'language' to mean 'systematic communication system used between humans, having certain minimum capabilities'. I am explicitly *not* using it to mean 'systematic *speech* communication system used between humans and offshoots thereof'. ("Minimum capabilities" = generativity, abstractness, modularity, systematic form->meaning variation, etc.) - Sai