The sophists did it, Chomsky did it. I made an attempt.
My idea with the LM program 15 years ago was to test a hypothesis about how words build meaning and knowledge. The LM database structure defines a straightforward hypothesis about words. I will try to describe it here.
Language and meaning are assumed to express itself via three levels:
1. Words. LM words are symbols that are passed between minds.To use a cryptographic metaphor: They are the public key. Words build language. Words do it in spite of the fact that we do understand that we can’t fully understand what is inside another brain and mind.
2. Concepts. LM concepts are within-mind entities that represent the genuine and un-compromising individual intelligence at work.
3. Keywords. This is the tags on texts (Right sub-window of items). Texts (= paragraphs) are tagged with concepts, meaning that those texts are somehow instances (connotations) of concepts. In a way the concept construct can be described as a copy of Plato’s idea-theory. Just so, somehow. It is very much somehow. LM words in combination somehow define concepts
LM2013 adds a comment/introductory header in the concept design, thus making it possible to post a verbal description
LM Concepts, referred to as bunches of words being close or partly overlapping, can be seen as as a thesaurus. However, it could also be a logical intersection. Some people have logical “or” and “and” in their (brain) machine.
My idea in 1995 was that using the model could trigger some insight mutation that would jump in from outside the box. To be honest I can’t remember ever having a dialogue with somebody about this. On the other hand a great number of people have used the LM program to support database-like work, writing or even linguistic exercises.
What’s new in the test version? I have been working with the Dictionary search and the Inflection box. (Version 220.127.116.11) All the objects with listings now support a search slot with either “find next occurrence” or “set a filter”.
Try typing letters in the table; An incremental “jump as you type” function starts.
Right-click on the grid(listing) and you get a pop-up menu for Dictionary maintenance: Add, change or delete words. Add or modify inflections in the box at the bottom.
You can improve matching capabilities in the LM system by using a wild card sign “%”. The program will automatically erase inflection entries that are covered by a more general “xxx%” inflection entry.
The gain is that a text to be analysed by the ” spectacles button” connects via
a) Several words contained a concept and
b) Wildcard matches when these words allow various endings by using “%”.
General free text searches are made from the Find window.
Next programming to-do-reminder is to test typical operation sequences in order to discover anomalies.