A Quantum Theory of Syntax


Paul Trouillas , MD, PhD – Professor of Neurology, Claude Bernard University, Social Semiologist and Philosopher, France

Series: Languages and Linguistics;
BISAC: LAN009060; PSY051000; PHI038000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/UVCC6516

All men speak. All human groups speak. Each indigenous society has its language. The slaves in tropical islands made their languages and spoke them. In modern societies, language is everywhere. It is uttered, written, kept in books or on records, and exchanged on social networks. In restaurants and streets and on phones, radio and TV, humans speak. Children speak a lot. Love implies language.

Politics is founded on language. As early as 1250 BC, Ramses II used hieroglyphic writing for his propaganda. In modern societies, humans are solicited by enormous amounts of uttered sentences delivered on media, while written language has invaded their private lives through technical documents, SMS and social network texts. Nowadays, an individual is submitted to a permanent receptive language flow. The new human era on earth is often called “anthropocene”. It might be coined “language-cene.”

In this book, the author hypothesizes that syntax, precisely defined, is a cultural and functional autonomous entity with a profound specificity and particular internal mechanisms. We speak of a “basic syntax.” We would like to understand how all types of human beings in the entire world, and possibly for millennia, have organized a basic sequence of their words, so that they can describe their environment, and express their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Towards Basic Syntax

Part I. Basic Syntax
Chapter 1. Syntax: A Model Established by the Ancient Greeks and Apollonius Dyscolus
Chapter 2. The Origin of the Distinction between Basic Syntax and Grammar
Chapter 3. Further Observations: Cultural and Neural Basic Syntax

Part II. Cultural Basic Syntax: The Operatorial Quantum Scheme
Chapter 4. The Operatorial Quantum Nature of Basic Syntax: The Verb
Chapter 5. Other Operatorial Quantum Words in Basic Syntax: Adjectives and Adverbs
Chapter 6. Prepositions, Interjections, Oral and Written Punctuation: Presumed Small Syntactic Tools, Considerable Quantum Powers
Chapter 7. A Basic Quantum Duality of Words in Basic Syntax: Substantive Words and Operatorial Words

Part III. Cultural Basic Syntax: The Operatorial Quantum Model
Chapter 8. The First Operatorial Quantum Stage of Syntax: The Computus
Chapter 9. Computus Components: “Building-Down” Word Order
Chapter 10. Computus Components: The Word-Meaning Frequency/Predictability Management Process
Chapter 11. The Final Operatorial Quantum Sentence Processing Stage: Sentence Meaning Production
Chapter 12. A Two-Stage Operatorial Model of Syntactic Sentence Processing, Including Meaning Production

Part IV. Neural Basic Syntax: The Quantum Model and the Neuronal Codes
Chapter 13. Intracranial Potentials: Syntactic and Meaning Quantum Signatures
Chapter 14. Extracranial Potentials: Insights into a Quantum Model Involving Sentence Significance
Chapter 15. In Search of Syntactic and Meaning Quantum Neurons, and Their Electrical Codes

Part V. Philosophy of Quantum Basic Syntax

Chapter 16. Basic Syntax: The Great Socio-Neuronal Project
Chapter 17. Basic Syntax: The Informational Leap and Its Consequences
Chapter 18. Basic Syntax and Truth

Conclusion: The Human Syntactic Condition





Author’s ORCID iD

Paul Trouillas: 0000-0002-8225-6266

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