Linguistic Focus


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 matures.

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 languages.


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 overall intent.

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 and adverbs. 

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.

We see below the outer spokes of the Articulation layer of a glyph.

The Syntactic Octants

The Articulation Types and the linguistic schemes that relate to each Type are:

External information management (data going out) .

Internal information management (data coming in or already known).

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 glyph (analytic).

Since 'general' 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 used.

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.



Adjectives and Adverbs:

Articulation: Syntactic or Predicate distinctions


Unused or Status Unknown:

Neither of these functions are explicitly marked at present. An author would need to specifically these conditions with a extra sentence if they were critical to the flow of information.

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