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RE: Language? [3]

From: W.M. Jaworski <wmj@gen-strategies.com>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 18:33:19 -0400
To: "Danny Ayers" <danny@panlanka.net>, "RDF Interest Group" <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NFBBJIDECLLIIGDBKNEJAEIICBAA.wmj@gen-strategies.com>
[Danny Ayers]
>Understanding is only achieved with some common
>interpretation;
<snip>
allow them a pencil and a lot of paper to look for patterns between their
linguistic patterns. The languages are both describing the same world

[wmj]
(1) So "pencil and a lot of paper to look for patterns between their
linguistic patterns" is a kind of hyper-language/notational technology.
(2) "the same world" is also needed.
(3) Component (1) and (2) were used to break Japanese Purple ciphers during
World War II
(4) It is much easer to use (1) and (2) if there is no conflict of interest.

Best

WMJ

BTW I am one day old member of this list, so please be gentle.

-----Original Message-----
From: www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org
[mailto:www-rdf-interest-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Danny Ayers
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2001 1:13 PM
To: RDF Interest Group
Subject: RE: Language?



>I was discussing this earlier today with someone, using the analogy of
>two humans who each speak a language foreign to the other - with only
>textual communication between them they can never achieve mutual
>understanding, although they may be able to identify some words and
>grammar rules.  Understanding is only achieved with some common
>interpretation; they must be able to interact, point to objects ("Me
>Tarzan, you Jane") and indicate sounds.

Limit them to textual comms, but allow them a pencil and a lot of paper to
look for patterns between their linguistic patterns. The languages are both
describing the same world as interpreted by the same kind of agents -
patterns should match. No objects required.
Received on Wednesday, 9 May 2001 18:23:06 GMT

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