Similarity between molecules in chemistry & linguistics

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One can think of a sentence as a molecule. An amino acid or DNA as a paragraph or the whole article as the DNA of the thought.  The bonds between the molecule of a sentence are similar to the tensions between words, viz subject-predicate, adverbs and adjectives as the structures that acids, alcohols & esters modify the basic molecule.  The analogy needs some work.  The idea, though is that maybe some of the software and algorithms that are used in chemistry can be applied to computational linguistics - that's all!

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  1. chemistry
  2. linguistics
  3. language

Comments


Seth says


I agree

Is that not a sentence ?

Mark de LA says
MR of group mark 2016-03-05 18:44:35 [item 2124#48155]
A fascinating idea is to move it into the projective geometry domain where the bonds are invariants like cross-ratio yet the vibrations are characteristic like chemistry.
Topanga of group da 2016-03-05 18:50:33 [item 2124#48156]
Well, if you used the cross-ratio, then you would need to discover what the point at infinity meant in respect to words. Personally, I think it would represent pure intuition.
MR of group mark 2016-03-05 18:56:55 [item 2124#48157]
could.  not all cross-ratios have & infinite value to play with – just those where one or more values are infinite
I suspect the word imagination applies rather than intuition

Seth says
nathan of group nathan 2016-03-05 17:45:19 [item 2124#48152]
Interesting. This thought should be moved to a TD where it can get some exposure and draw some programming chemists.  
MR of group mark 2016-03-05 18:04:02 [item 2124#48153]
Look at the power thesaurus or the visual thesaurus & you get similar kinds of connections. http://www.visualthesaurus.com/app/view 
Topanga of group da 2016-03-05 18:27:22 [item 2124#48154]
?
yep, a molecule is a structure of atoms which become motility and interacts with other molecules in whatever context it finds itself,  so is  a sticky cyber molecule, scm,  and so is a meme.   these all could be called linguistic structures or small sections of a network.  whoever invented biology knew what they were doing wink.

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