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

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Friday, May 6, 2005, 21:32
On Fri, May 06, 2005 at 01:01:07PM -0700, Sai Emrys wrote:
> > I suppose however, that for a language to be visual only, your lexicon would > > have to be ideographic as someone else said. I'm thinking you'd have to > > create symbols for each function word, root, etc. A simple method would be > > to do affixing or maybe create something isolating instead (because > > obviously you couldn't do anything sound based (duh). You could also create > > semantically related words by altering the form of a base word/root. > > Mm. Ideographic I think would be limiting, but obviously whatever it > is, it would need to encode purely meaning. (I don't know of any > ideographic writing systems that do so; all the ones I know have at > least some phonetics in them, like Chinese.)
Why does it have to encode meaning directly? It can have idioms too, like the symbol for a horse combined on its bottom-right stroke with the symbol of a frog being an idiom meaning "it is going to rain". It can also have such features as indicating focus: say you're describing a story, and you'd use a particular decoration on the symbol for the hero to indicate that it's an important figure.
> However, "affixing" and similar concepts I think become meaningless - > or at least, they would change significantly if nonlinearized. (After > all, "suffix" only is a useful concept in a linear system [*cough* > like speech *cough*]...)
[...] Affixes would simply generalize to ... sub-symbols in some sort of geometric relation with the main symbol. E.g., symbol X with a small Y on top means something, symbol X with a small Y below means something else, symbol X with a small Y to the left means a third thing. They'd still be affixes, except you can attach them to a LOT more than just two ends of a "word". T -- One Word to write them all, One Access to find them, One Excel to count them all, And thus to Windows bind them. -- Mike Champion