Elipsis

(Energy Language Interactive Phoneme Synthesizing Interface System)

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"Thumbnail sketch of the Energy Language Theory"

This project sets up the following parameters...

  • Language and consciousness are symbiotically related, and are subject to change and evolution.
  • Organisms and systems are in constant informational dialogue with their environments.
  • Energy is the most fundamental currency of the cosmos, a universal ingredient of existence.
  • Our manipulations to the world around us have been drastic, while thought and speech systems have not undergone such active engineering. There is a gap between our creations and our understanding of them.
  • Developing and implementing a "language of energy" is a way to meta-evolve into a more sophisticated mode of thought and existence, as well as a method by which to inventory our knowledge and place in the cosmos.
  • This experiment sets up the conditions with which to begin to develop "energetic fluency"...

We have gone through a set of presuppositions that led to a thumbnail sketch for a new communication theory. The conditions have been established for the introduction of the meta language experiment, where the premises of the theory can be tested and refined.

The ideas that follow are more tentative in nature, designed to generate new lines of inquiry and pursue the types of curiosities detailed earlier. The energy language project is a work in progress. It is not about establishing truths, rather, it is designed to encourage shifts in perspective. It seeks to enhance our collective ability to communicate with the cosmos, and to develop "energetic fluency" in our interactions with nature. It should also shed light on some of the inadequacies inherent in our current consciousness model and provide an alternate paradigm, that of EnergyLanguage.

The intermediary language itself....

So, you may reasonably ask, if one of the components of this project is the creation and implementation of a new language system, then where is it????? What is the word for "hello", the ideagram for "spontaneous combustion", or the sound of the question, "How are you going to make any money off of this thing?"?

The grand total of speakable, transcribable units in the vocabulary of this language system is, (expletives included), zero. To be sure, a good word to have on hand would be "patience", but alas, the process of compiling an encyclopedia has yet to be undertaken. Here's why....

The creation of a novel human communications system an arguably complex affair, involving all sorts of factors such as time, motivation, research, inspiration, publication, feedback, resources, curiosity, more time, and of course, energy (pun intended). These are all necessary to ensure that the language itself is not only learnable, but worth the effort to learn in the first place. Why would it behoove anyone to study the grammar, syntax, morphology, semantic nuance, phonetics, and methodology of a new language when there already exist thousands to choose from??? Good question. In the reseach that has gone into this project so far I have sampled countless attempts at the creation of auxilliary languages. These endeavors have been the result of a wide variety of motivations, goals, or perceived needs, resulting in a large body of work that has been well-documented elsewhere.

The field of interlinguistics is hundreds of years old and has occupied the minds of thousands of diverse individuals. Enthusiasts of this field are academics, dabblers, fanatics, hobbyists, prophets, utilitarians, mystics, scientists, philosophers, and lunatics, to name a few. (Of course it is possible to be several of these at the same time). Chances are, if you have read this far, there is strong possibility that you have had some familiarity with at least a few of the myriad examples of the world's constructed languages. I have had the pleasure of familiarizing myself with scores of these creations, and I will doubtless read of many more. However before you have the chance to read of this particular tract, (language and all,) there are some things that need to be sufficiently rendered clear.

Before a language is constructed, (that is, before words are assigned to ideas that represent things), there ought to be a coherent theory or methodology that underlies it and makes its subsequent absorption as enlightening a process as possible. Without some overtly-described shift in perspective or novel framework upon which the new system is based, the process becomes yet another attempt to "catalogue the universe" , or to assign another set of words to the components of the cosmos using existent methodology. The fossil record of interlinguistics is replete with attempts that were in some way inadequate to become full-fledged organic systems capable of living and growing according to the needs of their speaking communities. Oversights, lack of originality, incapability or unwillingness of the public to understand, shoddy research, insufficient depth of scope, infighting between adherents, technological inadequacies, all manner of fatal flaws have driven the majority of artificial languages to extinction. Some were dead from the start, some were never finished, others have resisted obscurity through zeal of the adherents if not actual functionality. Whatever the reason for their demise, all contributions (regardless of relative success) can be viewed as valuable at least insofar as they serve to illustrate what doesn't work. In this respect they are worth learning about. So to make a short story long, the intermediary language system itself is in an unsustainable prenatal state and cannot be extracted till it has been endowed with a sufficient array of survival characteristics. In other words there won't be a language for some time.

Energomatopoeia

This is primarily a philosophical experiment. It cannot pass for science because it is barely testable and flimsily substantiated. It either resonates with a curious mind or doesn't, as any work of art or scientific idea might. In the gathering of knowledge, all types of ideas make up the prospective thought-pool. We are driven by instinct to seek-out shifts in perspective and pursue them till we glimpse other versions of reality. This is where the scientist and artist merge. Many of the ideas, values and sentiments expressed in this work are equal parts art and science, with importance placed on both aesthetic and utilitarian instincts.

The diagrams have all been worked out according to a holistically-oriented dynamic. This means that they map-out sounds and symbols in a way that is inherent in the diagramatic position. Phonemes that sound alike are produced by similar manipulations of the vocal apparatus, and this orientation is built into the design of the models. Lacking a sufficiently detailed or coherent example, I was driven to the task of creating a novel system. The result has been an array of overlaying templates that contain a map of the entire range of sounds capable of being generated by the human vocal apparatus. As the meta-language takes shape it will rely on a schematic such as this to render context through this novel format. The examples of vowel and consonant flow-charts in this program have proven quite capable of clarifying pronunciation, encouraging psychoimagery and formalizing the relationship between sounds and symbols. It is also an engaging way to study the international phonetic alphabet. When the energy language has been sufficiently developed, a morphology will be set up that renders words into the language system based upon an energetic description of the idea. In other words, a thing would be named according to how it interacted with other things in an energetic context (introduced in the communication theory.) Similar to cases of onomatopoeia, where a word's sound imitates the thing it refers to, in this system a word will sound like what it does energetically. Instead of <pointing-out and naming< elements of the cosmos and naming them, we create a morphological template through which things in the universe <name themselves< according to what they do. This is a less manipulative way of communicative interaction, and allows us to redefine our relationship with our surroundings. This seems to be one area of language that has a vast potential for experimental plasticity. In this work it will be referred to as "energomatopoeia".

Characteristics of An "Energetically More Efficient" Language

To speak of upgrading a communications system in the spirit and aim of "energoeconomics", some traits should be highlighted as crucial if any improvement is to be envisioned for future systems.. some of these are�

  1. Ease in memorization of vocabulary and grammar rules. Facility in the recollection, employment, and general idea formulation into sentences (diagrams) should be able to be carried out with an emphasis on economy� namely, to involve a minimum of time and energy in conversation. Moreover, concepts can be rendered in informationally-related format, such that a facility of use is favored in the name of efficiency. It is too easy to point out the inefficiency in modern language systems, from irregularities in grammar to clunky vocabulary to painstaking systems of transcription. These are all subtle symptoms of a curable disorder known as language convention.
  2. Capacity to create & comprehend novel thought patterns as rendered into the lexicon by means of a simple but elaborately developed affix / root / designator system such that scientific truth and visionary fancy can be elaborated according to a relationship of constituent elements.
  3. An enhanced correlational pattern between what things are (what they do energetically), what they look like (as written ideograms) and what they sound like (their phonetic nuances). This is referred to in this work as "energomatopeia".
  4. A means to build speaker / thinker bias and perspective into his / her corresponding thought pattern, such that a person's presuppositions (or short-sightedness) are part of the externally rendered ideogram. To this purpose the intermediary language can be rendered in adherence to multi-dialetical methodology thoughts can be presented in one of several dialects, depending on the context. This is inherent in the sytem's design by a multi-dialectical continuum ranging from the "pure light empirical" to the "obscure diluted aesthetic". The former dialect would be used for the discussion of precise or quantifiable information, while the latter would be used in the expression of opinion or qualitative data. This dynamic is derived through the "chaos/order model" contained herein.