8.1. EARTHLING BASIC COGNITIVE VARIABLE

To regard natural and specific regularity in language, we may like a picture that allows building on cognitive values. Let us compare all our variables, {ON}, {IN}, {TO}, and {AT}, that is, Aspects Simple, Progressive, Perfect, and Perfect Progressive.
As in part 1 ■→MIND PRACTICE, we may only think about the time reference, if it is singular or dual, the closed or open time frame.

Auxiliary HAVE works for the language framework. We mark it green. As a content verb, HAVE may tell about ownership. We mark it mauve then, as all content verbs.

Chantelle Règle speaks {ON} excellent American. Her friendship with Jill Smith started {ON} over a website forum to discuss philosophy and language.
They agreed {ON} that Latin had had {TO} influence over English and French thinkers, though their languages had {ON} labels of diverse linguistic groups, Germanic and Romance.
Both Jill and Chantelle happened to hear or read {ON} sometimes that American was {ON} an international language, but there were {ON} no international languages really. Esperanto did not have {ON} many features of a natural language.
They could say (see ■→CHAPTER 9) that American English is {ON} a lingua franca,th at is {ON}, a tongue spoken worldwide. The phrase means {ON} free speech. In Latin, the adjective “francus” also told {ON} someone free, exempt from service, someone at liberty.

Ms. Règle comes {ON} to Mr. Sauf’s restaurant for lunch at times. Today, she has {ON} a small book of poetry with her. Chantelle has finished {TO} a book about Descartes. At home, she has {ON} a big volume about influences between French and English thinkers. She has been reading {AT} two book series, poetry or philosophical commentary, all this week.
Latimer Sauf is not {ON} surprised at her reading habit. The special edition of Larousse Gastronomique he got {ON} from her last year has {ON} an elevated and celebrated place in his restaurant main hall.
His guests have turned {TO} many of the pages so far. He has had {TO} another copy to read at home. He has been studying {AT} it to detail. He has {ON} extra Larousse dishes on his menu.

Let us focus on the Perfect Progressive cognitive variable and grammatical time.

PRESENT
He HAS been reading.

PAST
He HAD been reading.

FUTURE
He WILL HAVE been reading.

We may now compare the beginning of our language journey and the fields of time.

It is the verb to have to change for the PRESENT, PAST, or FUTURE in the Perfect Progressive. It changes the same in the fields of time, for the cognitive variable {ON}, our Simple Aspect by the label.

PRESENT
He HAS a book.

PAST
He HAD a book.

FUTURE
He WILL HAVE a book.

As a content word, the verb to have may tell about eating. Madame Règle likes the extra Larousse dishes by Monsieur Sauf. Let us compare the variable {IN}, by the label, the Progressive Aspect.

PRESENT
Madame Règle IS having her extra Larousse and reading a book now.
PAST
When Jill walked into the restaurant, Madame Règle WAS having her extra Larousse and reading a book.
FUTURE
Next week at this hour, Madame Règle WILL BE having her extra Larousse and reading a book.

In the Progressive pattern, it is the verb to be to change for grammatical time; it changes the same for the variable {ON} in the fields.

PRESENT
She IS at the restaurant.

PAST
She WAS at the restaurant.

FUTURE
She WILL BE at the restaurant.

For all Aspects and tenses, this is always the first element in the verb pattern to change for grammatical time; it does it the same as for the variable {ON}. We have the first element in big letters here.

Simple

Progressive

Perfect

Perfect Progressive

ON

IN

TO

AT

WRITE (head verb)

BE writing

HAVE written

HAVE been writing

We can view the value {ON} as the basis for other Aspects, as well as means for syntactic expansion. It can be our earthling basic cognitive variable.

After all, people have evolved grammar {ON} a planet, and human life is likely to continue on a planet or even planets — for unforeseeable future (!)

All the mapping values, {ON, IN, TO} and {AT}, can be our learned cognitive variables: qualities do not have to be inborn to be natural, and there hardly could be inborn cognitive variables. We people become cognitive as we live and learn.

Finding a basic value does not imply any order in which to use the variables. This is how we could picture our syntactic expansion for the grammatical PRESENT.

In this view, the value {AT} would be the most divergent from the regular, basic {ON}. Let us turn to American English as it really is. Could we feel like recurring to the basic variable, after an “escapade”?
{AT}. I’ve been loving it. But {ON} I want to keep doing different things. — People magazine as in ■→CORPUS OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ENGLISH, COCA.

In natural language, a Progressive highlight is not anything unusual:
This is a dream come true. And I’m loving every minute of it. — NBC Today, COCA.


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For the sake of language competence, let us consider attempts to present language as options or programs. Are grammatical Aspects or human cognitive variables the same as options?

Proponents of program approaches to language indicate that language has features, and those show regularities in distribution, as in the table here. An Aspect to be both Perfect and Progressive is the Perfect Progressive. An Aspect to be neither Perfect nor Progressive would be the Simple.

– Perfect+ Perfect– Progressive+ Progressive
  
  
  
  

However, Perfect or Progressive features are not exclusive of the Simple for grammatical time, as we have observed above. Word sense does not support option or program views to language, either. To say,
I‘m loving you, does not bring senses as I love you, I don’t love you, or I hate you.

We can conclude that Aspects are not options, and our variables do not have any purpose other than Aspect management. Our variable {ON} does not correspond with an option as off.
Further, we people always live in habitats: if we think what there is {ON} a geographical map, we allow for places {IN} areas, routes {TO} places, as well as locations {AT} places or routes.
To associate language, thinking, feeling, and earthly or generally space is natural. What would feelings, thoughts, or works be — without room? {ON} board a ship or another spatial extent, human postural control will favor to keep with the Simple variable as well.

The variables can be our earthling proper egoism: everyone has the right to work grammar for own mind, rather than adapt to rules by other people. A logical set has much more to offer than prescriptive rules, for personal study as well as real-time conversational contexts.
Feel welcome to try the grammar grapevine, as well as to exercise: ■→8.2. PRACTICE FOR ALL ASPECTS

Grammar grapevine: Heebeecheeche and other capers

We have thought up a game like we traveled, only with grammar. The USA is a huge view and I don’t know about anyone to have visited everywhere in person, so I thought there could be folks into seeing the place. ■→More

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