The Language You Use Determines What You Can Think

Derivation of Compound Words

One of the fundamental concepts in ODODU is that it is a derivational language.  This implies that the words of ODODU are all interrelated and therefore can be ranked according to their complexity and the archetypal foundations of their meanings.  Simple words, such as those containing only one consonant, will have a more general and more archetypal meaning than will more complex words, such as those having two or more consonants.  The meaning of words containing one consonant will also be more closely related to the meaning of compound words which also contain that consonant, than they will be to words which do not contain that consonant.

In addition to this type of ranking according to complexity and archetypal generality and specificity, there is a commitment to constructing ODODU so that the meaning of more complex words can be derived, at least in part, from the meaning of the constituent consonants and vowels.  Thus a compound word containing two consonants should be at least partially derivable from the derivations of the single consonant words that can be formed from the consonants in the compound word.

For this to happen in a practical and workable manner there needs to be a protocol for constructing compound words from simple words.  There also needs to be a formula for deriving the meaning of the compound words from a combination of the meaning of the consonants in their constituent simple words, the meaning of the interconnecting vowels in the compound word, and the experience of the language creating consciousness.  This means that anyone who uses ODODU should be able to derive an approximate meaning of any compound word from an understanding of the foundational structure and design of the language.  You don't have to memorize the definitions of compound words if you know the derivations of their constituent letter concepts.

We also want to be able use compound words effectively in conversations with other ODODU users.  If we have derived the meaning of a compound word from our understanding of the ODODU structure, and our personal experience, then how will we know if another speaker in a conversation will understand what we mean by that compound word.  To insure that a conversation between two speakers is accurate will require the establishment of a covariance between them so that there is some form of understanding of their relative experiences and how this will influence their respective derivational activities. This will bring cultural contexts and the history of personal interactions into the process of communication as well as the structure of language itself. (See A Pragmatic Process for the Evolution of ODODU  for more discussion.) 

The derivational process for the construction of meaning in compound words containing two consonants will build on all of the derivations of the cores of words having one vowel, one consonant, or one consonant and one vowel.  Thus all words of format VVV, VJV, or VJVV will be used in the formation of words with format VJVJV or VJVJV*V (as before, V represents any vowel, V* represents any primary vowel, U,I,E, or A, and J represents any consonant).  The key component in this process will be to identify an archetypal interpretation of how each vowel will function when it is located between two consonants in a two consonant compound word.

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To begin this process consider the derivations of the UVU words:









self relation

linear relation

relational relation

interrelational relation



name, mark

operation, interaction, interrelation

Also consider the expanded derivation of the HVU words as presented in the mathematics section The Derivation of Numbers and Mathematics

HUU           addition:   This is a relation which defines a new self.  It is a relation which associates various components with each other to create a new self comprising those components and is thus a form of self relation.  It is an embodiment of the concept of the succession of numbers which through the addition on one to a prior number generates the Natural or counting numbers and hence the integers once certain additional preliminaries have been established.

HIU             division:   This is a relation that describes parts of a whole or self.  Hence it is a relation which partitions a whole into parts and is thus a relation between a whole and a part of a whole. This allows us to assign numbers to these parts and wholes and hence relates to the generation of the rational numbers or fractions.

HEU            multiplication:  This is a relation that defines a method of classifying which represents certain variables or numbers in terms of relationships between other variables or numbers.  It represents a shortcut method for addition by classifying groups of numbers and then adding the groups. In this sense it is a relational relation.  This leads to the derivations of exponents and logarithms and the generation of the real number system.

HAU           subtraction:   This is a relation that interrelates the relationships between and among various combinations of numbers and variables, and this allows us to remove some of them from consideration.  Subtraction as a process then leads to a way of describing the result of such operations by creating the idea of a negative number.  This allows us to remove more than we have and still have a vialbe descriptive system. Subtraction as a removal process generates the possibility of cancelation and this leads to the concept of zero.  It allows all of the other number systems to expand by including negative numbers and it also leads to the generation of complex and hypercomplex numbers.

HOU           association:   This is a concept that emerges as a result of forming a distinction.  It establishes a relation that allows for differentiation created by the distinction and an association of entities or numbers on one side of a distinction in contrast to those on the other side of the distinction..

HQU           equivalence relation:   Once a distinction or boundary has been created this relation allows for a crossing of that boundary or distinction.  It establishes relationships across that boundary or allows for a comparison of what resides on each side of that boundary. Thus we can establish numbers as criteria of equalivance or difference of the components on either side with respect to some additional characteristics.

HYU           function:   Given a boundary and a cross, a mark of what is on one side of the boundary allows us to represent apsects of that side of the boundary that can then be compared with what may or may not be on the other side of the boundary. Functions can be converted to numbers in accordance with various criteria and this allows for their comparison with numbers.

HHU           equation:   These are relationships interconnecting the relationships between marks and their functions as crosses are made across a boundary.  As such these interrelations become the basis for the ideas that constitute mathematics.  They allow us to work with numbers in a way that can serve pragmatic purposes as we describe the universe and ourselves with language.


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The combination of these derivations leads to an interpretation of how the middle vowel in JVJ core words acts to generate a new derivation of meaning for that core.  This interpretation of the role of the middle vowel, when combined with the derivations of the UJU words for each of the two consonants in the JVJ core, will generate the protocol or formula for the derivation of that JVJ core.  The process will be mitigated to some degree relative to the experience of the language creating consciousness as describe above.

The initiating interpretation of the derivational nature of the middle vowel when placed between two consonants in a JVJ core, shown as  J1VJ2  where J1 is the first consonant, and J2  is the second consonant, is as follows:

U        and, association.  This is a sequential association such as, J1 and J2, but in the sense that J1 is first.  Thus J2 is associated with J1 but again in the sense that J1 is first.  J2 with J1.  J2 the successor to J1.    

I         of, part of.  The J2 part of  J1.  The J2 aspect of J1.

E         cause.  The J2 category of J1.  The J2 cause of J1.

A        negative, minus, without.  J1 without J2.

O        subsumption, bound.  J1 subsuming J2.  J1 bounding J2.    J1 constraining or the constraint of J2.

Q        transition, cross.  J1 transitioning through or out of J2.

Y        representation.   J1 representing J2.

H        integration, interconnection, interrelation.  J1 is encountered first but is fully integrated with, or interconnected with, or interrelated with J2.

This can be simplified to;

The derivational function of the center vowel in JVJ cores:

U       and    

I         of

E       cause

A       without

O       subsuming

Q       crossing

Y        representing

H       integrating

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