Alan Sondheim on 24 Aug 2000 14:44:08 -0000

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On Wed, 23 Aug 2000 wrote:

> animal communication is typically non-syntactic, which means
> that signals refer to whole situations.  human language is
> syntactic, and signals consist of discrete components that have
> their own meaning. syntax is a prerequisite for taking advantage
> of combinatorics, that is, making infinite use of finite means.

There is some indication that human language develops out of what is
called "protolanguage"; Tran duc Thao speaks of gestural. Protolanguage is
non-syntactic; within this, syntax is seen as a sudden (catastrophic) 
emergent property. 

> the aim of this work is to draw a limit to thought or rather not 
> to thought but to the expression of thought.  
> If this work has value it consists of one thing: 
> thoughts are expressed in it.
or re: Web; thoughts become it.

> words have a linear discrete successive order. beyond the very limited
> meanings of inflections which can indeed be incorporated in the words
> themselves humans cannot talk in simultaneous bunches of names.

in 1972 I did work on human parallel processing / speaking of doubled
streams of language - one can't, yes. 

But the discrete successive order slides against itself; it's blurred,
onioned, re: Husserlian internal time consciousness; punctuation non-
punctuated, askew. 

But the discrete disappears with upgrade, you are right. You are right
everywhere here; I end up thinking of ruptured/stuttered time/space/

Cit dureaza filmul? 



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