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RE: Cipher vs Language
> Email is a great tool for making
> enemies, it seems. I am sure that you
> would have none of that "gut reaction"
> if you heard me say that in
> person --- say over a pizza and beer.
> (Not even if you had to pay for
> the pizza. 8-)
Enemies - whew! I'm afraid I don't know anyone
here well enough to consider them enemies, nor
even wish such a thing. I do have my position,
and I usually state it matter-of-factly. I have
several *friends* in relation to other studies who
hold totally opposite views and argue them
heatedly, but we've never managed to take that to
the *enemy* stage. We generally find that heated
discussion brings out the best in both sides and
aids in the learning experience.
> Those constraints appear to have ruled
> out all plausible encryption
> systems, except for codebook; just as
> they appear to have ruled out
> all plausible natural languages, except
> monosyllabic ones.
I for one have not ignored the various statistics
relating to the cipher, and I for one don't
consider them "constraints". I certainly can't
speak for Philip, but I consider these rather
telling artifacts of the cipher, and I've never
once thought it was some sort of code.
> Not so: the language camp now has good
> evidence that the physical
> words (space-delimited strings) are
> indeed linguistic words (units of
> meaning), and that their internal
> structure is syllable-like.
The same thing can be accomplished with an
algorithmically generated table, never leaving
western language structure and without introducing
an exotic language into the equation. Once I can
come up with a transcription alphabet suitable to
everyone that doesn't include a slew of
unnecessary characters, I'll be presenting this
possibility in detail.
Meanwhile, congratulations on your professorship,
and good luck with the Chinese Theory thing. The
Martian Theory is one I could sign on with -
Martian Mantras, there's an idea. :-)