Syllabic division of words

Randall Reetz randall at
Thu Aug 20 15:49:46 EDT 2009

This should be a standard function in any xtalk environment.  Computing, like any system is a dance between things and actions brought upon those things.  Nouns must be identified and parameterized before verbs can act on them.  Text is the abstraction we use to do this mapping.  If the computer can't fluidly address the chunking that makes up every level of the grammatical hierarchy within our language, the things we can do with this tool are vastly restricted.


-----Original Message-----
From: Richmond Mathewson <richmondmathewson at>
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 4:16 AM
To: How to use Revolution <use-revolution at>
Subject: Re: Syllabic division of words

Francis Nugent Dixon wrote:
> Hi from Brittany,
> Mark, Thanks for the book info.
>> Robert Claiborne  wrote a wonderful book called Our Marvelous
>> Native Tongue.  An excellent read.
> Looks like the right book to read. Ordered today !!
No, it doesn't, sorry.
> In return, as you appear to be interested in language origins,
> may I point to an interesting site :
> Best Regards
> -Francis
"Sweeping across centuries and continents, Claiborne traces the
history of English from its roots in the Danube Valley 8000 years ago
to its status to day as native tongue of some 300 million people."

Boy-Oh-Boy, talk about contentious; yet, this theory [the Danube valley]
is presented as if it were fact. Nobody was talking English, or even 
that vaguely resembled it until about 2000 years ago in what is now
Germany and Denmark.

Nobody knows whether there really was a Proto-Indo-European language,
and if so, where speakers of PIE lived (places suggested are the Indus 
the Lithuanian marshes, and almost everywhere in between). Supposedly
languages such as Sanskrit, Iranian, Bengali, English, German, Mitanni ....

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