Eɪ, The Second Letter of Lingua-U, Is Linked To “Space”, “Nature”, “Creating”, “Making”, and “Changing”
Now that you’ve learned the first letter of Lingua-U, Aɪ, turn to the second letter of the alphabet: Eɪ. Aɪ is a Primary Vowel – meaning that it’s one of only three vowels with special significance and unique phonetic features. Secondary Vowels such as Eɪ are a bit less important, but they are essential for forming most words.
Eɪ is the first Secondary Vowel and it actually shares the same numerical value as Aɪ. Both are assigned the value of Zero, Aɪ standing for 0, and Eɪ standing for 00 (which is 0 + 0, and therefore it reduces to 0). This fact is important to Gematria, which is a Lingua-U term borrowed from Kabbala, where it also refers to the ability to compute numerical value of words.
So if you take a simple English word such as “Aim”, you can spell it in Lingua-U simply by recording its phonetic pronunciation as Eɪm, which is the letter Eɪ plus the letter M. Substitute 0 for Eɪ and substitute 18 for M (see the chart at “Introducing the Principles and Alphabet of Lingua-U” for the values). Then add 0 and 18 together and you get the numerical value of the English word “Aim”.
Did you notice that any time the vowel Eɪ appears in a word, it is swapped for Zero, so it is like nothing. Well it happens, not coincidentally, that there is an Element assigned to Eɪ in the New Kosmology (a.k.a. the New Map of the Heavens). This Element is Space, which is empty. It makes sense for emptiness to be depicted by the Eɪ letter in ways which you will discover once you begin to investigate the numerical equivalencies of some common words.
Today we continue our study of the Lingua-U Alphabet by way of a study of the 500 most commonly used words of the English language. (As previously noted, our source for our investigation is the publication “Top 1000 Words” which analyzed works of literature in the English language.)
We are currently looking at the sound-meanings of the letters Aɪ, Eɪ, and B in Lingua-U. We do this as storytellers, not just linguists. We research the overlapping patterns to be found in this particular subset of words, and then tell a story which helps to make sense of the sound-meaning broadly speaking.
The Letter Eɪ
This letter is pronounced “Ei!” as in the first-person pronoun in English. It is a dipthong (vowel combination) combining the /e/, the close-mid front unrounded vowel, with the /ɪ/, the near-close near-front unrounded vowel. There is a very short bit of movement which is slightly upward and slightly backwards, with articulation near the front of the mouth. It begins with the mouth about half-way closed and ends even more closed.
There are 36 vowels in the top 500 list which always or frequently use this sound. They are: a, able, afraid, away, became, came, case, change, day, days, face, gave, great, lady, laid, late, lay, made, make, making, may, name, nature, place, same, say, saying, state, stay, strange, table, take, taken, taking, they, way.
There are other common words we might want to add to the list such as faith, create, and sake.
Because the pronunciation of the letter is its sound-meaning, we want to begin by considering the degree to which these words express something which is frontal (i.e., about beginnings or the past) and a movement from somewhat closed to mostly closed and slightly inward (i.e., about the subject’s transition to object).
Now let us make two of our working assumptions explicit. In the IPA Vowel Chart (see diagram), there is an X-axis (horizontal) from Front to Back, plus a Y-axis (vertical) from Open to Close. These polarities model other polarities, as we will see. We have already noticed that the X-axis seems to model time from the Past to the Future with the Present in the middle. We are beginning to notice that the Y-axis seems to model object relations with the Maker as Open and the Thing as Closed.
Many of the words with the letter Eɪ pertain to a Maker’s relations with a Thing: able (can they make it?), away/stay (will it stay?), became, came, case (where will I put it?), change (what can I do with it?), gave, great/strange (how will it be judged?), lady (if the Maker is making love to a lady), lay/laid (what will the Maker do with the lady?), make, making, may, nature, say/saying (where the Thing is a word), and take/taken/taking.
To generalize about the sound-meaning of Eɪ, then, we can say that it is about persistence and change, made to “stay” if it is stuck behind the “st” or made to “change” if it is given sufficient charge behind the powerful “ch”. What unit of time is most about our noticing of persistence and change than the “day” unit?
What’s more, Eɪ is about the act of creating or making. It is meaningful, of course, that Eɪ is the vowel of Create and Make at the central position. The difference between a Creature and a Creator is precisely the Eɪ in the central position; its absence removes the creative potency from the “cre-“ prefix.
Words such as “Aim” are especially important for informing us about the sound-meaning of Eɪ because they are short and simple. Something’s Aim is its Ei plus Meaning/Communication. When something has a meaning or communicates, it is revealing its Eɪ, which is to say its purpose or telos.
Remember that in Lingua-U, Aɪ and Eɪ are the Vowels given to represent the first number, 0, in the Third Wave of Existence. We have previously seen that Zero is linked to rightness, lightness, silence, time, and why. Now we have seen that it is linked to creativity, nature, places, making, taking, and the changing of states.