Linguistic Research Unit
Indian Statistical Institute

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Samuel Beckett

Definition of ‘Word’: 1
Word (W) is subordinate to sentence
(S) and thus W  S

“word” is culturally
constructed notion, a
historical a priori.
It is a “citation form” and it is
in the dictionary produced by
the printing/writing


An English professor wrote the words:
"A woman without her man is nothing"
on the chalkboard and asked his students to
punctuate it correctly.
All of the males in the class wrote:
"A woman, without her man, is nothing."
All the females in the class wrote:
"A woman: without her, man is nothing."
Silenceme is powerful.

Definition of ‘Word’: 2
‘word’ is ‘a minimal free form’

Act of speaking (counterpositive)-Absence (abhava) of speaking in the
locus—Silenceme 
perverted by non-signs/ unintended
sounds/ non-discursive sonority

If Lower DO 1 is x, then DO 2 is 2x
x to 2x octave range is considered as y
The intermediate just noticeable frequencypoints are 22
scale y has a range of x to 2x,
i.e., any points on y, say yp, satisfies the
relation x >yp <2x.
The interval between two notes follows
logarithmic pattern.
The gap between two notes (say xp and yp ) is

Definition of ‘Word’: 3
Word as a signifier denotes matter or the order of world.
(Pada, rather than sabda, denotes padartha.)

Neither Word-atomism,
Nor sentence-holism,

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