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Re: The Language Code, take 2 (or 3)

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Saturday, June 14, 2003, 13:43
> My question is whether there is an attested language which lies more or > less in the middle; that is, a language which is "halfway" between > planning and natural growth > > Esperanto -- Interlingua ------------- ? ---------------- B.I. -- > Chemehuevi > > I'm asserting that such a language does not exist; all languages will > cluster at one end or the other. That being the case, the continuum > really isn't one, and the dichotomy between constructed and > natural/ethnic is a real one > > Any takers?
I agree with your argument and conclusions, but modern Cornish is an example of a language that's difficult to place on the continuum: * nobody speaks it as a L1 * it has been partly reconstructed rather than merely revived * it has had schisms such as auxlangs are prone to * like auxlangs, it tends to attract amateur enthusiasts rather than academic linguists or ordinary speakers that just need a medium of quotidian communication --And.