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Design of a Linguistic System for Interstellar Communication Based on Logic

Ollongren, Alexander

2013, XV, 248 p. 4 illus. in color.

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  • Presents an in-depth, partly philosophical study of a theoretical but growing area of linguistics
  • Uses applied logic and universal aspects of linguistics to explain concepts and theories
  • Describes in a concise and easy to interpret manner aspects of human behavior as relates to communicating with other-world intelligences
In linguistics, one of the main areas of modern research involves the capabilities and possibilities of there being a "lingua cosmica," a LINCOS, a universal language that could be used to communicate with non-human intelligences. This book touches on the area of the development and use of a "lingua universalis" for interstellar communication, but it also presents concepts that cover a broad area of linguistics. Chomsky's paradigm on universal properties of natural languages, for a long time a leading general theory of natural languages, includes the strong assumption that humans are born with some kind of universals stored in their brains. Are there universals of this kind of language used by intelligent beings and societies elsewhere in the universe? We do not know whether such languages exist. It seems to be impossible to determine, simply because the universe is too large for an exhaustive search. Even verification will be hard to obtain, without quite a bit of luck. This book uses astrolinguistic principles in message construction and is helpful in clarifying and giving perspective to discussions on existential questions such as these.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Applied logic to communication modes - Extraterrestrial intelligence - Hans Freudenthal - Interpretation of LINCOS - Interstellar communication - Lingua cosmica - SETI language - Space communication technology - Symbolic computation of languages - Talking to aliens - Theoretical linguistics

Related subjects » Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Linguistics - Philosophy

Table of contents 

Preface.- Preliminaries.- History.- Part I: Calculus of Constructions.- Chapter 1.1: Types and declarations.- Chapter 1.2: Functions and induction.- Chapter 1.3: Hypotheses.- Chapter 1.4: Higher orders and inductive structures.- Part II: Facts.- Chapter 2.1: Simple Facts.- Chapter 2.2: Compounds.- Chapter 2.3: Aristotelian Theatre.- Chapter 2.4: Wittgenstein's Theatre.- Part III: Annotations in LINCOS.- Chapter 3.1: Logical contents of texts.- Chapter 3.2: An astrolinguistic experiment.- Chapter 3.3: Aspects of truth.- Chapter 3.4: Human altruism.- Part IV: Interpretation of LINCOS.- Chapter 4.1: Self-interpretation.- Chapter 4.2: Pictorial representation.- Chapter 4.3: Representation of music.- Chapter 4.4: Signature of LINCOS.- Part V: Processes of LINCOS.- Chapter 5.1: Representing processes.- Chapter 5.2: Cooperating sequential processes.- Chapter 5.3: Hamlet in LINCOS.- Part VI: Symbolic Computation.- Chapter 6.1: Basics.- Chapter 6.2: Relativistic particle motion.- Chapter 6.3: Two-body motion.- Part VII: (Un) Certainty.- Chapter 7.1: Certain existence.- Chapter 7.2: The uncertain alien.- Appendix.- Postscriptum.- Summary in Russian.- Declaration of Principles.- Curriculum Vitae.- Index.

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