Not a problem.
I am a little distracted because I am preparing to leave town until next Sunday, but I may be able to write something tomorrow. Until then, just this:
“I agree that meaning of a word is directional and should point to something that can actually be experienced.”
I would add that words with no direction have, by definition, no meaning at all. All of this word stuff is just an approximation and can only be carried so far. There are many important concepts that cannot be expressed in words and that is the point of words to begin with, to point out experience so we don’t need them. The meaning of words can but lead us to a sense experience, but it is up to each of us to take the plunge.
Of course words depend on syntax, structure, how they are used, etc. This is assumed. My only point is that words depend on their meaning, and meaning is a pointer, a simple reference to something other than itself, and what is most wonderful to note, meaning depends on the sense it makes, and sense is an experience only we can have.
Meaning is like leaning, like pointing to something other than then itself, a reference and an introduction. Otherwise words have no purpose or at least no effect.
We can explore the web of words from high to low, from light to heavy, and it all boils down to what the words mean or point to, and they all point to an experience. I find this remarkable, even amazing – a sea of pointers, like a school of fish, all pointing in the same direction, the direction of an experience available to each of us. Talk about signs and significators. They are all around us.
And having that experience we can realize what the words actually mean and begin to know what we have been talking about.
So those of us who love the specific gravity of words and language (and here I mean syntax) are destined to find that words heavy laden with meaning, words that are ‘grave’ and have much gravity are no different in essence form any other words. Words are just pointers, simple references, our introduction to the sense world. When we grasp that concept, then the world of words becomes transparent or void and we see through them to the simple life experience they recommend. We know their meaning and we can use words properly.
A question for you Robert: I know little to nothing about the language and the words of mathematics, but they too must be pointers and have meaning, and even mathematical meaning must have to make sense. So what is the sense experience these pointers lead to? Perhaps you can answer that for me.