Syntax Without Semantics

I decided to do an experiment in which I would compose a list of sentences with syntax (proper grammatical formation) but no semantics (sense or meaning). What I came up with is below.

Pensive bullets comfort wistfully.
Orphan dreams scream electrically.
Awkward beds walk incompatibly.
Beautiful phobias kiss metallically.
Maimed shoes confer ruthlessly.
Selfish nails materialize impolitely.
Lavish entrails smile violently.
Piercing tasks crumble intentionally.
Filthy eyes pulsate shamefully.
Suede letters hunger deceptively.
Mournful keys love sluggishly.
Unruly ammunition listens tightly.
Friendly bruises pause humorlessly.
Sweet rivers decipher tolerantly.
Shallow funerals amplify strenuously.
Instrumental elephants conjure justly.
Plastic alliterations crawl honestly.
Tangible memories hide bravely.
Climactic sugar whispers enormously.
Helpless lies abandon gently.
Passionate thighs succumb aesthetically.
Addictive fingertips march blindly.
Philosophical tendons reveal cruelly.
Comfortable possibilities echo accurately.
Jealous appliances applaud digitally.
Ghostly unmentionables consume firmly.
Mysterious lanterns billow authoritatively.
Odorous glass inspires recklessly.
Meticulous guns affirm congruently.
Tasty premonitions hang obnoxiously.
Cynical music decorates timidly.
Ignorant chairs cure drunkenly.
Bloody trees evacuate accidentally.
Intense doors mend breathlessly.
Melodic roads replenish softly.
Dramatic sands repeat colorlessly.
Rhythmic windows drown distortedly.
Lovely cages transpose damply.
Green ideas sleep furiously.
Damaged hearts speak silently.

After forming these sentences, I decided I don’t believe that there is such a thing as syntax without semantics. Because nothing makes sense, it all makes sense. Life is simply syntax, without semantics.

3 Responses to “Syntax Without Semantics”

  1. urbansheep Says:

    Looks like your links to other posts are completely borked.

    While stumbling over this post (actually I came from FFFFound to the post about the hanging of the Murderous Mary the elephant) I realized that in another tab I have open the article from NYTimes about the way that nonsense we get through is sharpening the brain to see patterns where there’s none (or little).

    The whole list of syntactically correct sentences you made up seems to work in somewhat similar way — priming the mind up to interpret and find meaning where there was none previously. And it looks like it’s the natural way imagination works.

    There’s another side to the story — unless you collected the list in some technical and random way (flipping a coin or throwing a dice, choosing a word from column A to go with word from column B etc.), it works as a sort projection for what’s inside your own semantic word space and life context at the moment. One of the tricks in the creative practice of therapists that’s used when there’s need to align conscious and submerged parts of the mind.

    Thank you for the post, Ashleigh.

    I guess I could use some of those lines as an inspiration that might come handy in upcoming national novel writing month in November. Thanks.

  2. Ashleigh Says:

    Thanks, I think I fixed the links.

  3. Prairie Dogs | Keep My Words Says:

    [...] When a man with a yellow coat and a separate man with a yellow coat carrying a gun were presented to the prairie dogs, the men were identified differently. When the man with the yellow coat and gun came the next day without the gun, he was still given the same bark from the day before when he had a gun. The memory of the name for this one specific person was held onto mentally by the prairie dogs for a period of two months.  As Slobodchikoff translated these sounds into words and word parts, he was even able to discern prairie dog syntax. [...]

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