Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial
10-29-2015, 11:08 AM (This post was last modified: 10-29-2015 11:10 AM by Gerald H.)
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 Gerald H Senior Member Posts: 1,627 Joined: May 2014
Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial
English ^ English = 1 ?

http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs...of-english
10-29-2015, 06:58 PM
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 Matt Watson Junior Member Posts: 2 Joined: Oct 2015
RE: Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial
It seems like that is all based upon the assumption that two things that are not the same are equal to each other... but cute I suppose nevertheless.

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10-29-2015, 07:20 PM
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 Gerald H Senior Member Posts: 1,627 Joined: May 2014
RE: Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial
Quite right, Matt, algebra is all about the equality of expressions that are different, eg

√5853+√(158+2*√5853) = √(79+2*√97)+√(5932-2*√97+2*√(462387-11706*√97)).

Indeed, the work of detectives is the same, trying to work out that "the killer" & "Mr Markback" are the same person.
10-29-2015, 10:43 PM
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 Matt Watson Junior Member Posts: 2 Joined: Oct 2015
RE: Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial
Ah, but those are numbers, and quantity is the only characteristic of numbers. Numbers are one dimensional (could be smart and say two), language has tone, meaning and I'm sure more. Now, I would like to see someone quantify sarcasm.

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11-03-2015, 05:26 AM
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 Bill Platt Junior Member Posts: 18 Joined: Oct 2014
RE: Mathematically Speaking, English is Trivial
All I knowe is there ain't nothing algebraic about grammar.
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