Shóaf Kepl Poets (修福  凱鮑  俳吟辭)

  • Linear Location

    Just outside Baihe, Taiwan (23°18'55"N 120°27'20"E)


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Public Dedication

This was Kcymaerxthaere installation #086 and the first in what we call Taiwan.

Text in English

The part of the story installed here:

Shóaf Kepl Poets

That well known drinking toast—and Cognate term for bards of the short form—had its origins right here in this gwome (a Cognate word meaning “footprint of a nation”). In fact, “Shøaf”, “Kepl”, and “Poets” are the sounds meaning the numbers 14, 11 and 48 in the language of this place (written with their characters as ) This tongue was of a type known as a 158: where numbers were words and words were numbers; where authors wrote equations and accountants scribed pages and pages of text to achieve the most simple addition. Importantly, while symbol and sound could convey meaning, it was in the count that real meaning ultimately lived. In this specific 158, 14-ness (so, 14 of anything: pebbles, claps, clouds—what have you) meant “good health,” 11 such things was “South,” and 48 added up to “the spirit of my thought.” Since the South was where the citizens of this place went to bear their children, this toast conferred good wishes on you and all your descendants. Not surprisingly, having a 158 as a native language made for a life of perception both quite literal and stunningly evocative, with myriad novels enmeshed in the nearly innumerable, and countlessly countable, stones of a single rocky beach.

Text in Chinese

修福 凱鮑 俳吟辭

這句眾所皆知的敬酒詞 — 日後在卡格內語中演變成「 短行吟唱詩人」之意 — 起先源於此「國畝」(卡格內語,意指「國境」)的所在地。「修福」、「凱鮑」,以及「俳吟辭」正是此國畝當地方言「十四」、「十一」,「四十八」三個數字的發音(以此地文字書寫則為 ()。此方言隸屬一五八語系,特徵在於以數字為文、以文字計數。此地作家乃以數學程式抒懷,會計師則用長篇累牘進行最簡易的加法運算。尤有甚者,縱使聲調與形符皆可表情達意,此方言的精髓卻在唱籌量度之間。任意十四件事物(石塊、掌聲,雲朵等)意指『健康』、十一件代表『南方』,四十八加總出『我的心神意念』。因此地居民慣常前往南方懷胎生子,這句敬酒詞傳達對飲者及其子孫的祝福。無庸置疑,一五八語系的生活體驗不僅極其直觀尚且極致感性,一抹蜿蜒的礫灘無窮無盡的傾圮石堆,觸目可及,皆成琳瑯滿目的文卷詩篇「」。