[b-hebrew] heno- v's poly- theismin the torah

Read, James C K0434995 at kingston.ac.uk
Fri Jul 29 11:39:19 EDT 2005

You are of course correct here. But I try to avoid their use 
because I usually have to speak to normal people and I don't 
want to alienate them by using these kind of terms which are 
almost a foreign language to them.

The best translator I have ever met is my wife who speaks 6
languages fluently. If you put her in a village, she almost 
immediately absorbs the local dialect and starts to speak 
just like the locals without even realising she's doing it.
She uses idioma correctly and naturally without a second 
thought to what she is saying but just goes by instinct of 
the way she has heard them used in context.

It is interesting to note that my wife has no idea of grammatical 
concepts and if you try to explain to her what an adjective 
is she clasps her hands on her head with the pain it causes 
her to get her head around such a concept.
The greatest language learners are babies and it undeniable 
that babies do not learn languages grammatically but they 
induce the meaning of combinations of sounds (phonemes) by 
intelligently analysing the context of the situation.
In fact, I firmly believe that grammar is more of a hindrance 
than a help to learning a language and I intend to demonstrate 
this with my AI project.
The purpose of my project is to develop algorithms which analyse 
any input of language. The alphabet it will use will be based 
on phonemes and not the inadequate arrays of alphabets that 
modern languages use.
The algorithms will completely avoid grammar and rely entirely 
on examples and contexts to learn the meanings of words (a word 
is a series of sounds/phonemes and may not necessarily agree with 
the classical division of words we are accustomed to).
It is my aim that this tool will produce a translation of the 
hebrew bible, which is completely devoid of doctrinal influences, 
as a demonstration that the natural way of learning languages 
is the superior one. It's a big project and the algorithms have 
many challenges but I am benefitting from the thoughts posted 
in the various threads.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim West [mailto:jwest at highland.net]
Sent: Fri 7/29/2005 3:41 PM
To: Read, James C; b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] heno- v's poly- theismin the torah

Read James C wrote:

>Yeah. Whatever. I'm not very big on technical terminology.

Really?  And you are at an academic institution in the United Kingdom?  
Critical exegesis and tranlsation are based on the proper understanding 
of, and use of, language.  How can that be done without attention to 

> As 
>long as what as I say is clear and easy to understand.

But it cannot be clear if it is not precise.

>Henotheism. I'm gonna have to learn that one.


Have a great day James,


D. Jim West

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