PinYin, Latin-script, fonetik pidjin, & Pidgin in general
|From:||Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, May 7, 2000, 19:14|
>>True, I like the Roman alphabet a lot myself. I have a fondness for
>>Roman alphabet languages without accents, diacritics, etc.. Now only ifEnglish
>>was less confusing & convoluted ... & closer to a fonetik, pidjin-spelin.
In a message dated 2000/05/07 06:36:01 PM, Kou wrote:
>Me, I like the diacritics (perhaps the exotica rearing its head again).
>Barring languages with simpler phonologies, you ditch the diacritics, you've
>gotta employ tortured digraphs and trigraphs, which you claim makes English
>convoluted. How else to map twenty-six letters to languages with over
>twenty-six phonemes? And what of your argument that replacing characters (a
>*major* tax on memory) with pinyin is a sell-out to the West; why wouldn't
>streamlining English's morpho-phonemic spelling system for something more
>phonetic be a "sell-out"?
::head-spinning::: eek ambigous-ness & paradox.
Lemme jus' say I like Pidgin languages.
If humanity had to leave planet Earth _en mass-_ in a hurry (or similar
humanity-threatening scenario), I think a mutant polyglot English-based
pre-pidgin "jargon" would be spoken by the first generation of refugees. It
may develop further in that 1st generation or the 2nd into a "stable pidgin"
- it may even include a semi-standardized written form. Within the 2nd
generation, the pidgin would have a standard written form & an expanded
vocabulary - thus being closer to a "creole" & thus a natlang.
pre-pidgin jargon =>stable pidgin=>expanded pidgin=>creole
<credit for this "bioprogram" theory of pidgin evolution: Derek Bickerton, as
described in Anatole V. Lyovin's _An Introduction to the Languages of the
hehe, I think I am gonna making my conlang Synthrax into a mutant polyglot
Sino-English-based expanded/expandable pidgin. (I have always liked James
Joyce's _Finnegans Wake_ =) veddy BiK-BiK Grin...)