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Modular Language Architecture

This section will explore how a language could be broken down into modules.

Module Breakdown

Different sets of phonemes which can be used.
Different rules for how a phonology can be assembled into words.
Writing System
Structure, Syntax, and Semantics
  • Provides set of non-core/non-syntactic/non-structural words with defined meanings
  • Not attached to specific phonological forms
  • Different vocabulary module instances could incorporate different philosophies
  • e.g. world view for constructing composites:
    Have a word for 'tooth', or have a compound like 'mouth-stone'?

Module Hierarchy

  • Morphology
    • Written
      • Writing System
    • Verbal
      • Phonotactics
        • Phonology
  • Vocabulary
  • Structure, syntax, semantics

The contents

This part of the document is a draft. -- Uakci (talk)


  • Self-segmentation strategies
    Continuation marker
    certain feature or features of a syllable is used to determine if it is a continuation of the previous word
    • Toaq uses the first tone for this; Gua\spi — the high-even tone
    Word length marker
    the first syllable of each word determines how long the word is
    Initial consonant cluster


Numbers and counting

  • Representation
    Numerals as a part of speech
    numbers constitute a separate grammatical class
    • Lojban (the selma'o (grammatical class) PA)
    Numbers as predicates
    numbers are cardinality predicates (‘x₁ is three in number’ etc.)
  • Composition
    values are expressed as a sequence of digits in positional notation
    • Lojban: pa re ci vo mu (lit. ‘1 2 3 4 5’) denotes the number 12,345
  • Usage
    As quantifiers
    numbers attach to terms and scope over the sentence, signifying how many values of the term satisfy the sentence
    • Lojban: pa da (lit. ‘one something’) = ‘there exists exactly one thing that…’