|"The dividing line between the action of language and the process of math is largely an illusion. Language, both written and spoken, necessarily uses the laws of mathematics, while the flow of a mathematical statement is the very definition of poetry."
- K. Ungeheuer
spent most of his years in Portugal fine tuning his
theory of numerolinguistics. The theory was a merging of
the science of linguistics, how language works, with the
science of math. Unfortunately, not much is known about
the actual inner workings of the theory. Although
references and descriptions of numerolinguistics litter
Ungeheuer's personal notes, the bulk of our current
knowledge comes from just two magazine articles. There is no complete account of the process.
It should be noted that good deal of
research has been done linking language to mathematics.
Many semiotic and semantic theories conclude that
language does indeed follow a mathematical logic. Ciphers
and Cryptographers both have been translating text to
numbers and back again for centuries. In fact the very
text you read on your screen has gone through the same
conversion of letters to numbers and back to letters
again inside of your computer.
+ 2 = A ?" by Kevin Marcinkowski; Page 45; Mathematic Anomalies;
The Numerolinguistic theory works on a low level of
likenesses (Ungeheuer would often substitute the numbers
0, 1, and 5 for the letters o, l,
and s), but it also worked on a high level of
concepts, eventually translating complex sentences into
logical mathematical equations, and vice versa.
As might be expected, it is at this high level that
the theory becomes most complex. The biggest problem was
the problem of context. While the word flower may
mean something beautiful to one person, it may bring
thoughts of allergies to another. On the other hand, the
number 23 means basically the same thing to
everyone. The end result was that two people could
translate the same sentence and get two entirely
different math equations. Does this make the entire
process ambiguous? Not at all, according to Dr. Steven
Emmett, Professor of Statistics at the Newport Universitat and close
friend of Mr. Ungeheuer.
"It's a form of automatism really, the allowing
of your subconscious to create, unfiltered by the
conscious mind. Most people compare it to Burroughs'
cut-ups or Ginsberg's stream of consciousness, but this
was at a lower subconscious level. You never had an idea
of how the sentence would turn out. It is entirely
dependent on the mathematical choices you make. The
theory rests on the idea that those same mathematical
decisions are more "abstract" to the human mind
than symbolic decisions using language or pictures.
Mathematical decisions rest upon natural laws, not human
invention (although this concept too is up for judgment).
Being more abstract, they rest at a lower level in the
subconscious and will provide a clearer picture of what
goes on there.
"The first I had heard of the theory was as an
undergraduate. It was published in a literary magazine
and was widely considered, at best, a paramathematical
novelty. Still, we students really got into it. We used
to have competitions, poetry readings really, where we
would compare Aspect Poems with the English Department.
We always came out on top. They weren't creative enough
with their math. Even though the process focused on
language, without a solid base in mathematics, you just
couldn't get a good poem. We had one guy in our
department who retranslated the entire Bhagavad Gita into
a series of Aspect Sentences. It was pretty crazy. I
still use the process for brainstorming or just to pass
the time.".... "
"NumeroLinguistics" by Sam Dodgsenson; English translation by
Page 19; Nova Vida;
The Numerolingual Process is the practical application
of the Numerolingual theory as developed by K. Ungeheuer, Professor of
Mathematics at the Technical University of Lisbon. Through using the Process, a
coherent sentence can be translated into a mathematical
equation, and vice versa. The process usually involves
two steps - the Ascending Transition and the Aspect
The Ascending Transition
The Ascending Transition, also known as
"Ascending", begins with an Originating
Sentence (the OS), which is broken down into a sentence diagram.
The OS then undergoes degrees of Dissolution into its
mathematical components. The number of stages involved in
Ascending depends upon the complexity of the OS. But
three stages are almost always present - the Subject,
Action, and Object Dissolutions. Transitional Numbers are
a byproduct of these stages of Dissolution. Transitional
Numbers are numbers which "jump" cells or are
put aside for usage in the Aspect Transition. The
Ascending produces the ME, or Mathematical Equivalent.
The Aspect Transition
The Aspect Transition, popularly known as Asping,
begins with the ME. Then using Transportational Numbers
passed on from Ascending, the ME is processed back into a
coherent sentence, known as the Aspect Sentence (AS). The
AS, when paired with the OS, provides a logical context
for the Originating Sentence, and gives a deeper
understanding of the OS. The process involves
Solidification of the mathematical components of the ME
back into sentence fragments. Again, three stages are
almost always present - the Subject, Action, and Object
Asping is very dependent upon the usage of
Transportational Numbers. How a Transportational Number
can and cannot be used is dependent upon the action of
the OS. What this means is that Asping is very lenient.
The more complex an OS, the more avenues available for
Asping, which means many Aspect Sentences can be revealed
from a single OS.
The creation of many Aspect Sentences creates an
Aspect Poem. With the OS as its title, the body of the
poem reveals truths about its title. The writing out
line-by-line of each step of both the Ascending and
Asping Transitions produces a Process Poem with three
titles, the OS at the beginning, the ME in the middle,
and the AS at the end, with two poetic bodies filling the
Example of a Process Poem using an OS of "That dog has fleas."
That Dog Has Fleas.
3(16) has fleas.
48 has fleas.
2(24) has 63.
4(3) weighs 75=23
3(16) weighs 67 little.
Your 16 weighs very little.
Your head weighs very little.
Example of an Aspect Poem using an OS of "That dog has fleas."
That Dog Has Fleas.
Your head weighs very little.
It eats wax fruit.
The fur tastes bitter.
When will its mother cry?
Your jewelry is wrong.
That dog bites you.