Only the simplest sentence structures are in any way comprehensible to us now. The truly complicated sentences are thus far unknowable.
It is difficult to fit even an average sentence diagram onto a page. As the Book of Thirty Words attests.This is because comprehensible meaning can be derived from both the vertical and horizontal direction. Even though different symbols are being drawn, these perpendicular sentence structures can convey similar or radically divergent ideas.
No one can say what the language Keans spoke sounded like. However, due to the boney structures found in Kean fossils; scholars theorize that it might have had long and short guttural sounds to it. Likewise, current eeatian chooses to make its sounds based on this assumption.
It is thought that pre-Eeatian has two voices: the rational and the irrational. Rational is used with regards to the Kean as a species and their deities. Everything else was irrational. This perception is based on the people's oral traditions and rare depictions on Keanian ruins of human being subservient. Each sentence is written as a line of glyphs, or in other circumstances as a matrix of rows and columns. Blocks are diagrammed as being simple, connected, acyclic or rooted.
Based on the decedent block writing systems, it can be determined that a sentence can be a single verb; or consist of just the subject and object, without a verb. Words that can be either noun or verb, are disguised by the writing system, which represents their independent functions.
Keanian glyphs are in effect square grid braille cells, either made empty or filled with dots, bars, chevrons, borders, tags or other simple strokes. Much like how any object falls, the blocks in block writing are written from the top-down. That is, a sentence or corpus of texts have a maximum of six rows and four columns.
Blocks' syntax never needs to be limited to simple linear chains. One row, written in its own combination of styles, can constitute a subject, verb or object. Every word/row is syntactically dependent on the ones above it and each word may have any number of children, but can have no more than one parent.
As a consequence, there are four different standard types of syntactic relationships:
Specifier: These serve as quantifiers, determiners, associatives and proper nouns that have unique identifies modeled from the real world, as opposed from the normal abstract signs. Argument: A word or phase of which are performing the attached verb, or being acted upon. Verbs are normally tied to a subject, direct object or indirect object; but in block writing, all such constructions are made into multiple intransitive verbs that are then chained together. No overt distinction is made between verbs that are argumentless because the subject is either vague or functioning as standalone modifiers with no need for an argument. When a verb has more than one argument, there is no inherent order. Therefore, where temporal sequence is significant, needs to be specified explicitly. Descriptor: Verbs, potentially with subverbs, that are subordinate to nouns; are translated as attributive adjectives when these verbs take on a noun as a parent. While a noun can be modified by any number descriptor constructions, it can only take part in one argument construction, so that one stands out as the primary focus of the clause. However, it cannot take on an explicit argument because the noun to which the descriptor is subordinated is to be effectively its subject. Though, there is a specialized family of nouns that serve to 'nominalise' the attached sub-clauses. Subverb: A string of verbs that can have many arguments; just as a single parent verb can have multiple modifiers and sub-clauses attached, since the syntax never needs to be limited to simple linear chains. It may not always be apparent whether a child verb is a modifying sub-verb or a full subordinate clause, but in practice any ambiguity could be resolved via further modifiers.
Substance QuestionRecords in block writing are taken from Eeat, which has been plunder many times over through the eons. Most ancient writings are just imprints of what was once there, but there are still undisturbed places where glyphs were carved from precious metals and rare stones:
This meant there was another complicating element to decipher in an already impossible language. And we're not sure if it's the material itself or its colour that carries the meaning.
CountingIt has been shown that this language uses two base systems: Base 2 and Base 256.
Base 2Numbers can be identified as base 2 by the cross drawn inside the block with various combinations of drawn lines that form the sectioned perimeter, each of which have their own assigned value. This system counts up to 255.
Base 256Numbers can be identified as base 256 by the cross drawn inside the smaller blocks made by the first cross with various combinations of drawn lines on the perimeters having even more different valued.
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