Linguistics Manifesto

Universal Language & The Super Unified Linguistic Theory
Copyright © Feb. 2010 by Tienzen (Jeh-Tween) Gong

Linguistics is, seemingly, well-defined with some sub-fields, such as, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and some applied linguistics. Each sub-field encompasses all nature languages without a unified framework. That is, there is no common ground within or among these sub-fields linguistically to produce a universal language. Historically, the universal language was proclaimed with the economical and political supremacy, such as, Greek, Latin and English, etc.. They can, in fact, be the lingua franca for a short time period but will definitely fade into the history sooner or later. However, after the discovery of the PreBabel Principle in 2009, the linguistic based universal language and the Super Unified Linguistic Theory arose. A unified framework on linguistics is understood now.

In 1900, David Hilbert presented a collection of problems of mathematics that set the course for much of the mathematical research of the 20th century. In this Linguistics Manifesto, it outlines the major issues on Linguistics and provides some suggestions.

I. The Methodology:



II. The three tier hierarchy of axiomatic systems
  1. Formal system:
    1. governing rule -- the "principle of noncontradiction" and complementary principle.
    2. key phrase -- the internal consistency and completeness
  2. Godel system:
    1. governing rule -- the "principle of noncontradiction" and complementary principle.
    2. key phrase -- leaks and incompleteness. The internal consistency can never be maintained.
  3. Life system:
    1. governing rule -- Mutual Immanence Principle
    2. key phrase -- permanent confinement and total freedom
    Note: please visit http://www.prebabel.info/pqna008.htm#day80 for details.

    The details of this FGL system (Formal - Godel - Life system) are described with three articles.
    1. "The Linguistics Space (I) --- the Life System" at http://www.prebabel.info/lifesys.htm
    2. "The Linguistics Space (II) --- the Intelligence" at http://www.prebabel.info/aintel.htm
    3. The Linguistics Space (III) --- a new Mathematics


III. The Martian Language Thesis -- Any human language can always establish a communication with the Martian or martian-like languages. Thus,
  1. Universal principle I -- all languages (human or martian) share the identical metalanguage.
  2. Universal principle II -- all language structures are subsets of a universal language structure.
The Martian Language Thesis is the first principle for linguistics. It encompasses the following attributes.
  1. Permanent confinement -- no language (Martian or otherwise) can escape from it.
  2. Infinite flexibility -- it can encompass any kind of language structure.
  3. Total freedom -- no limitation is set for languages.
That is, the linguistics roams in the life system. The universal grammar has only one rule -- the Total Freedom.


IV. The "Spider Web Principle" (see http://www.prebabel.info/pqna002.htm#day18 ) -- The whereabouts to build a spider web is completely arbitrary (total freedom or total symmetry). However, as soon as the first spider thread is casted, that total symmetry is broken, total freedom no more.

In physics, this is called SSB (spontaneous symmetry breaking) which is the foundation for modern physics. Thus, as soon as the first morpheme or the first grammar rule of a language is casted, it enters into a Godel system; consistency becomes the norm, and total freedom is no more. That is, every language has its own internal framework regardless of the fact that the universal grammar is about the total freedom. Thus, the universal grammar has two spheres.
  1. Universal level -- total freedom. Every language can choose its grammar arbitrary with the total freedom.
  2. Language x level -- as soon as a selection is made, it becomes a "contract" (among its speaking community) with a set of internal framework.



V. Super Unified Linguistic Theory -- it forms a language spectrum (continuum). All nature languages are distributed along this spectrum. Please visit http://www.prebabel.info/bab014.htm for details.




VI. The PreBabel
  1. The PreBabel root word set (PB set) -- There is an oligosynthetic root set which can re-generate (encode), at least, one nature language.
  2. The PreBabel Principle -- If the PB set can encode one nature language, then it can encode all nature languages.
  3. The PreBabel laws
    1. Law 1: Encoding with a closed set of root words (the PreBabel root set), any arbitrary vocabulary type language will be organized into a logically linked linear chain.
    2. Law 2: When every natural language is encoded with a universal set of root words, a true Universal Language emerges.
  4. The PreBabel Theorem -- If set B and set C are two PB sets, then set B and set C are isomorphic.

      Corollary -- There is one and only one PB set.

    Note 1: arbitrary vocabulary means that words are patterns of temporally ordered sound types, and meaning of a word does not attach to particular activities, sound, marks on paper, or anything else with a definite spatiotemporal locus.

    Note 2: logically linked linear chain acts as a chain or a system of logically linked mnemonic.

    Note 3: a closed set means that the parts (radicals) of all vocabulary of a language will not contain any symbol beyond (or outside of) the given root word set.

    Please visit http://www.prebabel.info/ for details.



VII. The PreBabel (Chinese) -- an actual example of Prebabelized nature language. Please visit LINGUIST List, Eastern Michigan University, at http://linguistlist.org/pubs/papers/browse-papers-action.cfm?PaperID=30320 for details.


VIII. The new Paradigm of Linguistics -- the PreBabel has revolutionized the language acquisition. Please visit http://www.chinese-word-roots.org/nparadi.htm for details.


Conclusion: The above eight issues encompass the entire linguistic universe. It provides a unified framework for linguistics. This is the Linguistics Manifesto should be. Furthermore, with the "Large Complex System Principle" (LCSP), there is "The Linguistics Occam's Razor" -- Any theory (physics, mathematics or the whatnots) which is not encompassed by linguistics principles can never be a final theory.

Note: The book "Linguistics Manifesto" is, now, published (115 pages, ISBN 978-3-8383-9722-1) and is available at
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Table of Content

  1. Introduction
  2. Chapter one -- the Linguistics Space (I)
  3. Chapter two -- the Linguistics Space (II)
  4. Chapter three -- the Linguistics Space (III)
  5. Chapter four -- Super Unified Linguistic Theory
  6. Chapter five -- the discovery of PreBabel
  7. Chapter six -- the PreBabel (Chinese)
  8. Chapter seven -- the new Paradigm of Linguistics
  9. Conclusion -- the Linguistics Occam's Razor