Humanese is Our Linguistic Wiring

Karl Constantine FOLKES 1935 (Portland)

The language mappings
Of all human languages.
A revelation:
A syntactic unity
Common to all languages.

A discovery.
What linguistic mapping shows.
Call it “Humanese.”
Language commonalities.
In all human languages.

About this poem

The genetic universal language of Humanese is our linguistic wiring, the linguistic wiring of Homo Sapiens. Key to our humanity as Homo Sapiens is language which, despite its rich varieties and its multilingual capacity that displays indisputable surface structure differences, maintains, asserts, and affirms the universal structural, phrasal sentence features of Noun Phrase and Verb Phrase, or of Subject and Predicate. Stated differently, linguistic mapping of world languages reveals the universal linguistic construct that the common structure of all natural human languages at the basic structural formulaic level of language to be S=NP+VP or that in all human languages a sentence is constructed by the copulation of a Noun Phrase with a Verb Phrase. It is this common and mandatory universal linguistic feature that I refer to as “Humanese.” At our deepest, subterranean, basal (archetypal) level of human communication and behavior as Homo Sapiens, we speak, read, write, and even sign Humanese. As human primates, Humanese is our linguistic wiring. This two-stanza Tanka poem, “Humanese is Our Linguistic Wiring,” highlights the universal commonalities of human languages and human behaviors. 

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Written on May 07, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on May 07, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on June 20, 2022

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 219
Words 39
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 5, 5

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • teril
    Thank you for pointing this out. I love to re-member our sameness rather than our differences.
    LikeReply1 year ago


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