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Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Ursus Chainus, Nov 8, 2020.

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    Sometimes I wonder if it's multiple interests, or simply one obsession based in learning/understanding of the world around us.
     
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    In my case, I am a bit pick-&-choose, so it isn't a blanket interest. (I would spread myself too thin if I tried to go down every rabbit hole. ⧭)

    Even in linguistics, I am only interested in certain facets of it, and not others,
    • etymology/onomastics (mostly Japhetic* & some Semitic),
      • incl. morphemes
    • neology,
    • phonetics** (primarily American English) &
      • incl. International Phonetic Alphabet
    • humor.
    • (Cryptology is, at least, 50% linguistics.)
    I had French in high school which I don't get to use very often. I'm not really interested in learning other languages and skills that I won't get to use anywhere.

    I am not very good at chess and have no particular desire to learn it, either.

    *I know that Proto-Indo-European is, technically, more accurate, but I find Japhetic to be more succinct.
    **I only spent time on phonetics while I was programming speech synthesis, but a lot of it stuck.
     
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    Haha... I am taking a break from coding C# right now at work. I started professionally coding in VB 7 followed by Java and now I am primarily in the JS-C#-SQL stack. I am writing code for..... robots! (it sounds cool but it is just pharmacy automation... not like Kraftwerk Roboter)
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    日本に年間住んでいた... 僕の好きなアニメはアキラです :) 東方は面白そうね!

    Here is picture of my old crawler.
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    Semitic languages are very interesting :) I love the way vowels change the meaning of the consonant "backbone". I am fascinated by phonesthemes.

    ns, sn = nose (snuffle, snort, snout, snooze....)
    fl = movement through air? (flutter, fling, flurry...)
    gl = light (glitter, glow, glisten...)

    I really think it is cool that this mechanism is very similar to Semitic languages. I also like that sounds and words can flip over time:

    for example French blanc is cognate with black.

    When I lived in Thailand many towns had the suffix buri... Chonburi, Lopburi, Petchaburi... buri is from Sanskrit "High Place". In PIE this is bhṛghos. So...the burgh in Edinburgh is cognate with buri in Thailand. This went through some very basic meaning changes... A high place -> Mountain... a Fort can also be associated with high place. In the end, the meaning becomes more like "town" probably from borrowing the names of towns in high places. Language is soo cool.

    So what happens in cryptography when someone combines multiple languages and grammars then encrypts the result?
     
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    I haven't done anything like that.

    Cryptology = cryptography + cryptanalysis

    In cryptanalysis (like cryptogram puzzles), a fair vocabulary & understanding of syntax helps.
     
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    I love haiku, do you?
     
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    It would be really cool if it could be printed directly on the person...
     
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    That would be cool! Maybe in the future... 3d printing is danged slow!
     
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    Cree? That is so cool! When I was in the linguistics program in college, I got to study Warm Springs Sahaptian and translated several myths into English. Of course I never learned to speak it... just understand the grammar and vocabulary just for those myths. I was also told by the professor to never try to speak the language as it would cause offense because the languages are not spoken by many of the young in the tribe. A white dude speaking the language would be very insensitive. It is so sad that such a beautiful language is dying. It is infuriating why this is happening.. because of "white dudes".

    I love the Cree orthography!
     
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    When I was in 12 grade I was on an exchange program to Germany. We were preparing and then Chernobyl happened. One of the parents was very concerned and withdrew her son from the program because she worried he would become "Radioactivated" :rolleyes::D
     
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    Watch out! You might become "Radioactivated" with such interests! Have you ever built a cloud chamber? I did this with my son a couple of years ago using Americium from an old Fire Alarm. Seeing trails left by alpha particles is a total trip.
     
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    I do :) I lived in Japan for several years and became quite interested in it. It is a good mind trainer :)

    Here is one from right now:

    Cold damp winds blowing
    Grey sky boils with intention
    Rain falls on red leaves
     
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    That is super neat- college is actually where I started learning Cree as well. I'm Metis (descended from Cree and European fur traders) so it's close to my heart though I definitely need to work on it more, lol.
    For native languages in Canada there's a bit more funding going into saving them, but it's still pretty bad. It really is heartbreaking, but it seems like this generation of youth are more intent on salvaging what knowledge remains :)
     
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    I did build a small one, but it didn't work very well.
     
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    I was surprised how well ours worked. I used dry ice to cool it and felt soaked in 99 percent isopropyl alcohol for the "cloud".
     
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    That is hopeful! Language death is something that really bothers me. The US is horrible in its treatment of the 1st peoples. I live in Oregon which was a place where several major language families met. It led to a jargon language called chinook jargon. All of that is mostly gone now :(