I am not a linguist. As such, I may have misinterpreted some of
the finer points of the strategies presented below. Also,
Instrumentation is a "work in progress", so the methods that I
have specified for implementing these linguistic strategies
are almost certain to evolve as my understanding of language
Furthermore, this document is an initial foray into the various
linguistic categories below. Instrumentation will probably forever
be a human-computer pidgin
language, so it is actually intended to be stilted compared to the
average range of expressive options available in natural
This is an exploration of the ways in which Instrumentation can
fulfill the needs of human communication.
The science of linguistics has identified a variety of methods by
which various languages encode information. We shall first attempt
to categorize those methods according to the general
Instrumentation ontology in order to better understand their
intent. We will then attempt to show how Instrumentation can
fulfill their functions.
The Instrumental view of Linguistics
Instrumentation is based on the supposition that everything can be organized
according to the trigrams of the I
Ching. Thus, it is inevitable that the science of language
itself would eventually fall into Instrumentation's clutches.
This section shows how I have initially categorized several major
linguistic schemes. Because of the diversity and flexibility of
human communication, there are often multiple ways to encode the
same information. The organization below may not reflect every
possible expression of these schemes, but I believe it shows my
We are using the Articulation layer as the ontology for this
taxonomy. The Articulation layer governs the relationships between the
entities (or nouns) in a sentence. As such, it is the major source
of encoding information that is not covered by nouns, adjectives
The exceptions to this are things such as the basic plural form (one or more
than one), which is covered by the Description layer; and emotional subtext, which
is covered by the Hypodescriptive Block.
Definiteness - distinguishing between entities that are
specific and identifiable in a given context (definite noun
phrases [the]) and entities which are not (indefinite noun
Evidentiality - the indication of the nature of evidence for
a given statement
There are questions of Evidentiality between the schemes that I
have placed within the Interpretation and Depiction Types. My
division is based on the (also debatable) simplicity and
obviousness of the relationships being described. I do, however,
realize that a simple distinction like Number might actually be a
matter of Interpretation in a given sentence.
Likewise, Interpolation and Recognition depend on ones
familiarity with the matter at hand. I am erring on the side of
minimal knowledge as a nod to "worst case conditions".
The classifications above
are an attempt to divine the spirit of the linguistic
schemes. The following section shows how Instrumentation
facilitates the required informational encoding. These two
sections are distantly related in that they deal with the same
subject matter, but the methods employed may not invoke the same
types of madness.
"How I did it." (Victor
Frankenstein's Journal's Title)
-- Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein
This is an operational view of grammatical categories and the
strategies used by Instrumentation to support them.
Instrumentation uses both an inflectional
case system and analytic constructions, because
constructions that use the Articulation
layer are part of the noun, adjective or adverb glyph that
is being modified (inflectional through use of a suffix), while
constructions that use the Description layer require a separate
verbs are part of the Articulation layer, they always require a
separate glyph when they are being modified by the Articulation
layer. 'Dog Verbs' are
in the Description layer, and so they can be modified by the Articulation
layer within a single glyph.
I haven't determined how these minor efficiencies
will affect the overall use of the language, but I'm sure that
this will help determine when the "Dog Verbs" will most often be
When greater specificity is needed, the Articulation
layer can always be used to help modify a noun or verb. For
example, Instrumentation verbs do not really cover events that
happen in both the far past and the present. The articulation
terms "the habitual" or "the ongoing" could be added to a sentence
to modify the duration of the tense and aspect.
Agency - the cause or initiator of an event
The initial noun is normally the source of the action
Instrumentation does not have a 'passive voice'
If the actor has been introduced in a previous sentence or
can assumed to be clear within the context (especially with
actors such as 'you' or 'I'), a verb can replace the initial
noun by using agreement in person.
Animacy - has volition, is sentient or
perceives, causes a change of state, or moves
Nouns are either (passive) entities or (active) actors
this is specified with the the Action lath from the
Gender - the biological, social, relational or apparent sex of
a person, place, thing or event
Gender, age, intelligence and weight, along with physical
ability and social status must be explicitly defined using
nouns and adjectives