||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.
||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
Eye: understanding, renovation¹
Mountain: loftiness of spirit, origin of creation, home of
||FOCUS: A point to which something
converges or from which something diverges. To adjust for distinctness
or clarity. Fireplace, hearth.
||Hearth: home and love¹
Fire: life, health, control, spiritual energy¹
Square: firmness and stability, earth¹ ²
||ACT: The process of doing or performing
something. An enactment or decree. To drive to do. To push, propel or
||Infinity: the spiraling movement of the heavens;
balance of opposing forces.¹
Circle segment: elements or substances fundamental to a specific
society's or individual's livelihood.²
||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,
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 Symbols² or J.E. Cirlot's A Dictionary of Symbols¹
or a combination of both.
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