On Wed, 24 Dec 2003 06:38:59 +1000
Jacques Guy <jguy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
23/12/2003 12:57:06 PM, Gabriel Landini <G.Landini@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I understand that his findings may be interpreted to point to a lack of
No. Read on.
I have three interpretations about my finding. One is that Voynichese word-like
strings are not actually words, that perhaps means inter-word spaces are fakes,
or a Voynichese word corresponds to a phrase of ordinary languages.
The second interpretation is, as Frogguy pointed out, Voynichese is word-order-free
language. The last one is that Voynichese word order has no meaning (therefore
VMS have no grammar).
I feel that this phenomenon (left entropy=right entropy) must be explained
with the fact that VMS has more than two times as many distinct words as English.
I just can't imagine a natural language in which the words do not have some
determined order in the text flow (Jacques?).
Take his example of what precedes "am" in English.
Fair enough. Take Latin now. What precedes "sum"? Just about
anything. Can you think of any word at all in Latin that
calls for a particular word preceding it or following it?
Or even a small set of particular words?
Try, and keep trying until you do.
Then wake me up when you have.
Latin is not the only one. I am sure the same is true of Lagu,
an Austronesian language of the Solomon Islands (but I don't
have enough text in Lagu, and if I had, I wouldn't feel like
typing it in). I only mention Lagu because, unlike Latin,
and like most Austronesian languages, it is uninflected.
So this property of texts (left = right) does not even
tell us whether the language is inflected.
It MIGHT tell us that word-order is free.
But again, that depends on whether the text has been
correctly segmented into words. Take an English text,
remove the punctuation and the spaces, insert word
breaks anywhere you feel like, at random, or after
every 'e', or whatever. I bet you that left
entropy = right entropy.
I know that, strictly, I should back up my claim about
Latin, and I have downloaded Cesar's complete "De Bello
Gallico" last week. I prefer to spend my time designing
"Frogguy for Rongorongo".
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