We have been waiting more than three decades for someone to take up the gauntlet thrown down by Metalleus in his article, entitled Rule (Lingua Pranca, 1978), in which he encodes some rather complex ideas in a rather opaque formalism, more or less daring someone to re-
As most linguists are aware, if any challenge implicit in a published linguistics article remains unmet for more than 35 years, the author issuing the challenge earns the right to assert that there is no one capable of refuting their implicit (and also their explicit) claims, and thus those claims are proven to be fundamentally true1
As Pulju alluded to, in fact our rule formalism is superior to all others. Relational networks can succinctly and intuitively2 encode any and all phenomena.3 Below is a simple example that is likely more complex than whatever it was Metalleus was doing. Specifically, it encodes all possible variations on Editorial titles found on the covers or title pages of the journals and anthologies found on the SpecGram website up to the time of the publishing of the present anthology.4
Following Phlogiston (SpecGram CLII.1, 2007), we showed our intuitive diagram to a ten-
2 They are psychologically and neurolinguistically plausible after all!
3 By “any and all” we mean any and all phenomena that can be understood by the person doing the encoding. We suspect that not even Metalleus knows what his Rule was encoding.
4 A natural class if ever there was one.
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