People are trapped in history/language?

Can language be redefined using some ideas of mathematics? This was the quest made my mind blowing yesterday after reading an article on linguistic.

“Forty years ago, a physicist asked me what I am engaged in. I answered: “In quantitative linguistics”. “Oh, yes,” he said, “you count letters, don’t you?” I was surprised at his excellent information about the 19th century and said: “No, I never did. I try to find laws in language, just as you try to do in the nature.” Never in my life I saw a face more perplex than his. But since then, the situation changed drastically. Today, there are many physicists counting letters, hoping to find physical laws behind them. And once in a decade they discover that letters behave like mesons and create a wonderful theory. It is not valid, but it is wonderful.”


Sprachwissenschaftliches Institut, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
(Received March 12, 2008)

This article is really thought provoking; as always we heard “two brains are better than one”. When those brains becoming Physics and Linguistics, oops!

But keep in mind this article is much more related to explain computer brain aggregation to human brain; nonetheless, not much making difference, by the way.

Here I will start formulating such model that will help to explain certain things in language or some properties of sign/word, related to the meaning of what we read. I don’t know how exact this exercise but lets do it for the sake of attempting something instead of nothing.

I am sure this new model will take lot of time to put into the order, so be patient.

I did exercise yesterday [omg it was 3 days before now!] keeping myself patience of course, results can’t guaranty. Always we have to redefine, refine, remodel, rethink, rearrange-, re-re-, so on and so on…

First things first.
How can I interpret a sign/word as a geometrical object?
What will be the best way of doing it?


This is the answer came to my mind first. So let’s inject some intrinsic properties of a sign/word into the geometry of the circle. This is the beginning of everything.

Geometrically, if we represent a word by a circle, then the center of the circle will represent the real signification or the meaning or absolute meaning whichever exist of that word or signifier. [hard to happen!]

Let’s say it is the 100% signification of the signified.[but i will explain later this will be a Gaussian Distribution!]

A word has its central meaning/signification. This meaning is related to some other words/signs. These, some of the other words have relation to this central meaning in various degrees. These variations can be assumed as how it representing the central meaning as a probability value. Let’s say word A is related to word B with probability of 85% of converging its meaning into A. this is a realistic assumption that we can relate words each other by their relative probability of explaining each other.

When a word is alone it has the fullest area of meanings or significations. The area is proportional to its number of significations. So the radius is simply showing the power of the significations. More radius more meanings!

Once it is combined with another word suddenly both words will experience a reduction of their common meanings and action of getting together will increase the whole meaning.

there must be a diagram here, alas, i have not prepared it yet, once i draw it perfectly it will show here a CIRCLE! A really big one showing how the things I explained abouve can be visualised.

I need time to make an ellipse too and show the binary oppositions and what mathematics they govern … surely later! that may be little interesting, at least we are trying something to make visual for the conventions of Saussurian linguistic. Whoof!

So enough brain storming now. lets go to a book, just to make sure books will teach us something.

Say someone is about to rectify something happened in the past; of course something in  his past life. So what will be the consequences?
Let’s read a small crap I found all about that. It is another misunderstood word, remarry!

One day, he paid a visit to his wife. He told her he would like to remarry.

Marie-Claude shook her head.

“But a divorce won’t make a difference to you! You won’t lose a thing! I’ll give you all the property!”

“I don’t care about property,” she said.

“Then what do you care about?”

“Love,” she said with a smile.

“Love?” Franz asked in amazement.

“Love is a battle,” said Marie-Claude, still smiling. “And I plan to go on fighting. To the end.”

“Love is a battle?” said Franz. “Well, I don’t feel at all like fighting.” And he left.

The unbearable lightness of being
Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Two-Disc Special Edition)

So it’s all nice, what a marvelous thing is this life in fact, trapped in a span of life, and history?

People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
James A. Baldwin

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