We begin our study of the Lingua-U Alphabet by way of a simple study of the 500 most commonly used words of the English language. (The source for our investigation is the publication “Top 1000 Words” which analyzed various works of literature in the English language.)
Our intent over the next three days is to examine the sound-meanings of the letters Aɪ, Eɪ, and B in Lingua-U by looking at the overlapping patterns to be found in this particular subset of words, and then telling a story which helps to make sense of the sound-meaning broadly speaking.
Of course, it is entirely possible that a different set of English words or words from different languages would tell a different story. Don’t let this be a hang-up at this point. Cross-linguistic research must be conducted to tell a more complete story, but the differences between languages are such that at this early stage in our investigation it is important to look at each language separately. We are beginning with English for a variety of practical reasons.
Why begin with Aɪ, Eɪ, and B? Simply put, these letters share the distinction of corresponding to the first number in the New Numerology, Zero (0). Aɪ is 0 by itself, Eɪ is 00 (which reduces to 0), and B is 000 (which also reduces to 0). Of these three, today our concern is…
The Letter Aɪ
This letter is pronounced “I” as in the first-person pronoun in English. It is a dipthong (vowel combination) combining the /a/, the open front unrounded vowel, with the /ɪ/, the near-close near-front unrounded vowel. The direction of movement is upward and slightly backwards, with articulation near the front of the mouth. It begins with an opening of the mouth and ends slightly closed.
There are 40 vowels in the top 500 list which always or frequently use this sound. They are: either, live, behind, by, child, cried, eye, eyes, find, fine, fire, five, high, I, idea, I’ll, I’m, kind, life, light, like, might, mind, mine, my, myself, night, quite, replied, right, side, sight, silence, sometimes, time, times, while, white, why, wife.
We know from the general principles of phonosemantics that the pronunciation of the letter is its sound-meaning, so we can begin by considering the degree to which these words express something whch is frontal (i.e., near beginnings) and a movement from open to slightly closed.
“By” and “while” and “child” are examples which fit this pattern: something which is “by” (and, to an extent, “behind” and “side”) is located by directing one’s attention first to something else, then slightly distancing one’s gaze. “While” is not the locus of activity, but a side effect (as in “I’ll do something else while waiting.”), and “child” is not the parent, but something closely related.
That which is not exact is “not quite”. That which is not always is “sometimes”. That which is not the husband but a close relation is the “wife”.
More abstractly, “I” refers to the self, but as a pronoun it is not a direct expression but a stand-in for the self. “My” and “myself” are similarly abstracted from direct experience, as the pronunciation suggests. “I”, “I’m”, and “I’ll” are the shortest words in the list, indicating that their meaning is very close to the target (the letter standing alone).
In terms of symbols for subtle energy, Aɪ represents Yang, as seen from what we call the Third Wave of Existence. This is a way of looking at things in which the numerology of the number 3 is put front and center.
What other patterns are visible? We might say that “I,” “my,” and “by” are about the first-person perspective on the self and its essential relatedness to other things. The word “like” continues this theme, denoting a friendliness or affection between self and other. The word “time” relates to the continuity of events from past, present, to the future — a continuity which is frequently seen as belonging to the self. These sound-meanings are all linked to Yang in the Third Wave.
The word “find” relates to the loss of relationship and the self’s effort to reunite with that “my” which has been lost. In finding a lost object, it is helpful if one has “light” or “fire” which may create the color “white”.
In Lingua-U, Aɪ is one of three letters given to represent the first number, 0. Overall, the sort meanings linked to this number in the Third Wave are those of rightness, lightness, silence, time, and why. This is hardly a comprehensive list of connections, but it puts us on the right path. In studying the Third Wave, we must put aside some of the old associations with 0 and Yang and fuse these symbols with the letter Aɪ’s sound-meanings.