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A Request for Collaboration


Chaumont Devin <[log in to unmask]>


Chaumont Devin <[log in to unmask]>


Sat, 21 Nov 1998 14:44:18 -1000





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Dear Fellow Researchers,

What if it were possible to perceive ANY natural language in terms of a
universal subsurface language upon which all surface languages are

1. There would be an absolute minimum of troublesome ambiguity about the exact
meaning intended by theoretical researchers or by people documenting languages
in the field.

2. Accurate observations about languages could be used with minimal fine
tuning for purposes of computerized parsing, text generation, and machine

3. It might become much easier to compare various features exhibited by
natural languages because each one would be measured against a universal

Etc. etc.

It is clear that all languages work in essentially the same ways. Take a
healthy infant from any race of man and raise him/her in any
linguistic/cultural setting, and he/she will learn the local language as
readily as any other healthy child. My working hypothesis is that all natural
languages are just the surface expressions allowed by a universal subsurface
language common to us all, and careful research has born this out
consistently in all cases studied thus far.

  I am looking for researchers interested in cooperating with me to unlock the
mysteries of Panlingua, which I define as this universal subsurface language
common to all of mankind. Much of the groundwork has already been done, but
this is far to great an enterprise for just one man.

I am dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge about
Panlingua, how it works, and how it can be implemented in automated systems.

A rough manual of Panlingua containing all the basic points that have been
worked out thus far is available from me free of charge, and I am available
and willing to answer any questions. My research is based upon computer
modeling, and I am also willing to answer basic questions about that, and to
explain how the various linguistic components, or modules, can be made to work
together in automated systems.

I feel certain that the rigorous application of Panlingua theory to the
preservation of dying languages would make it possible to record them in far
greater detail for future reference than is possible using the current, less
systematic methods of today, and I am deeply concerned that this should be
done before it is everlastingly too late.

For more information please e-mail me directly at:

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                                        With best regards,
                                        Chaumont Devin.

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