Modeling Language Glyphs
October 30, 1996

Each component of the model is represented by a glyph, the name of the component and a definition, the meaning of the symbolism behind the glyph and a representation of the glyph that you can use in quick sketching, or shorthand notation.


|full model| Originally conceived by Frank Burns and Linda Nelson.

Glyph Etymology Symbology Quick
SCAN: To examine a small area closely. To look a wide area over quickly but thoroughly. To search to analyze rising and falling rhythms in verse. To climb, mount. Circle: Oneness, heaven, energy, return to unity
Eye: understanding, renovation

Mountain: loftiness of spirit, origin of creation, home of the thunderbolt.
FOCUS: A point to which something converges or from which something diverges. To adjust for distinctness or clarity. Fireplace, hearth. Hearth: home and love
Flame: transcendence

Fire: life, health, control, spiritual energy

Square: firmness and stability, earth
ACT: The process of doing or performing something. An enactment or decree. To drive to do. To push, propel or push forward. Infinity: the spiraling movement of the heavens; balance of opposing forces.
Circle segment
: elements or substances fundamental to a specific society's or individual's livelihood.
FEEDBACK: The return of a portion of the output to the input especially when used to maintain the output within predetermined limits. Circle in motion: heaven, perfection; mixing, blending

The circle, square and triangle can, by themselves represent Scan, Focus and Act, respectively. Likewise, Scan can be represented by the eye and mountain glyphs alone without the circle; Focus by the hearth and flame; Act by the infinity sign and circle segment.

You may also use the circle, square and triangle as modifiers on glyphs from other models. Imagine how the meaning of the term "K-Base" changes depending on which basic shape it rests within.

Definitions are paraphrased from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language New College Edition, 1976

Symbolism is taken from either Carl G. Liungman's Dictionary of Symbols or J.E. Cirlot's A Dictionary of Symbols or a combination of both.

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