Interpretation & Extrapolation

Whether creating a culture or philosophy, or coming to understand a culture or philosophy, simple terms for core concepts may simplify the process. For example, further details may be extrapolated from core concepts. If coming to understand a culture or philosophy, learning terms for core concepts may facilitate formulation of questions to ask. If creating a culture or philosophy, creating a term for each core concept may simplify extrapolation of possible ramifications; experiences which might manifest among those from whom such a culture or philosophy might derive.

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A purple-blue, hazy, cloud-like entity hovers next to a tall, semi-transparent, many-legged, diaphanous-winged being. A human interpreter and human linguist stand across from them. The interpreter holds a keyboard connected to a figure fashioned to resemble the winged being.

Warmth, then cold, then warmth again, intermixed with a hint of an electric sensation, pervade the air as the hazy being changes hue. The winged being moves it legs as it pushes air forward with its wings. The human interpreter then says, “They would like to know why you keep referring to single sapient beings twice when speaking of replacements for actual names.”

“By ‘they’, I trust that you mean our hovering friend. They don’t have gender, correct?” the linguist asks.

“Yes, my guess would be that ‘he’ and ‘she’ register as the same thing,” the interpreter replies.

“Do you know of any points of differentiation among their kind?” the linguist inquires.

“I do not,” replies the interpreter. “Isn’t that the type of thing we’re trying to discover right now?”

“Of course,” says the linguist. “Please ask.”

The interpreter types a few lines and the figure of the winged being moves its mechanical wings and legs. Varying temperature and energy alter the air as an exchange seems to take place between the winged being and the variating purple-blue haze. The winged being then turns back toward the interpreter and moves its legs and wings again.

“They apparently distinguish between individuals gathering energy because they need to, individuals gathering energy to prepare to emanate energy, individuals who have energy stored but are not emanating, and individuals actively emanating.”

And so they continue. Through their interpreters, the purple-blue, hazy, cloud-like being learns of human concepts of feelings, philosophy, home, food, and gender and designs impulses and variating qualities and quantities of energy to reflect these concepts to others of its kind. The human linguist learns of core concepts of distinction, interaction, and common desires among purple-blue, hazy, cloud-like beings and terms them: state of emanation, connection and combination of energies, harmonic paths, places of strength and stability, and material influence. The purple-blue, hazy, cloud-like being then inquires as to common feelings regarding home, food, and gender, then common philosophies regarding home, food, and gender, creating a pattern of energy to describe, as concisely as possible, each feeling and philosophy. The human linguist then inquires as to states of emanation and their relationship to connection and combination of energies, and their relationship to finding and searching along harmonic paths, creating terms for each relationship as she learns of such.

This continues until, at last, each completes, in their own way, a compendium intended to facilitate future mutual understanding.

From: Purpose and Structure of an Experimental Language

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