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190                  THE HUMANITY OF WORDS
proceed to move things from one place to another so that their relationship to people will be more economical of time and motion. If he must explain this project, his verbal account must be "congruent" with the diagram. His verbal account must, in other words, designate the same space arrangement of the elements as that established by the diagram. He cannot know the "territory" unless he understands the "map"the diagram. And if he understands the diagram, he has an adequate space pattern.
The space pattern is, like the time pattern, cohesive. Space formators are contiguous; they "hang together" in space. Again, like the time pattern, cohesive space formators contribute to the unity of the pattern as a whole. Such unity of pattern enables the communicator to transmit pattern and assists the recipient in the reception of pattern.
The space pattern is a verbal "map." Again, like the time pattern, it is progressive. The communicator must move from one part of the verbal "map" to another, toward the completion of the pattern. Such movement enables the communicator to make a verbal pattern that is congruent with an actual (or hoped-for) pattern and invites the recipient to participate in the movement toward that goal.
The space sequence is both cohesive and progressive. It establishes the unity of the pattern and the movement and direction toward the completion of the verbal pattern as a whole.
C. Conjunctive sectional pattern
The sectional pattern is made up of parts which are relatively independent of each other. They derive their unity from a broader context. A section of a verbal pattern is like the section of a bookcase or the section of a library