An invitation from Mark Dingmanse:
I just posted a piece on Many Eyes, a nice text visualization tool which I have fed some Siwu texts.
Now this is an open access tool with an interesting philosophy: "Many Eyes is a bet on the power of human visual intelligence to find patterns. Our goal is to "democratize" visualization and to enable a new social kind of data analysis."
I would like to test this philosophy in a peculiar way: by seeing if readers can come up with some kind of account of the functions of the Siwu word 'ne' *only by looking at the patterns* here.
Would you like to join all my eye and Betty Martin in some pattern hunting?
For more discussion, see Mark's post at The Ideophone, "Visual corpus linguistics with Many Eyes", 6/14/2008.