The Rikchik Relations Diagram
This diagram shows the parts of an action, and serves as a mnemonic
for the rikchik relation symbols. In left-to-right order, they are:
For the basic noun-to-verb relation, these would tag the nouns and the
verb would collect them.
- Someone does something (Agent)...
- ...from somewhere (Source / Cause)...
- ...using something (Instrument)...
- ...in a certain way (Quality)...
- ...toward somewhere (Destination)...
- ...to something (Patient).
As an example, the sentence on the right side of this page uses all of these
"A rikchik happily moves a human from a home to a tree using water"
or, more literally,
"Rikchik, from home, using water, in happy way,
toward tree, human, moves."
Not every relation is meaningful to every action, and these are used in
connections that are not noun-to-verb, but this is the basic meaning of
This covers all the primary relations but two: these are:
The reciprocal relations are not used as often: their meaning is that of
the main diagram relations (except Instrument, which has no reciprocal)
but with the roles of the collected and collecting word reversed. They
are written as a horizontal flip of their originals.
- Includes: The first word includes or
contains the collecting word
- End: The word is considered resolved.
In addition, Includes has a reciprocal that is written as a vertical flip.
- (Task) is the reciprocal of
- (Result) is the reciprocal of
- (Example) is the reciprocal of
- (Means) is the reciprocal of
- (Actor) is the reciprocal of
- (Element) is the reciprocal of
Last modified 9Nov1999 by Denis Moskowitz.
Rikchik culture and language also
Word assembly program utilizes
gd, a graphics library, and
a perl interface to gd. gd is © 1994, 1995, Quest Protein Database
Center, Cold Spring Harbor Labs. GD.pm is © 1995, Lincoln D. Stein.
Both are used with permission.