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PinYin, Latin-script, fonetik pidjin, & Pidgin in general

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Sunday, May 7, 2000, 19:14
I wrote:
>>True, I like the Roman alphabet a lot myself. I have a fondness for
>>Roman alphabet languages without accents, diacritics, etc.. Now only if
>>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 World_> 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...) zHANg