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Re: Help desiging a minimal conlang?

From:Paul Bennett <paul.bennett@...>
Date:Monday, November 29, 1999, 16:41
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> Sally>>>>>> > Paul Bennett wrote: > > > > Years (literally) ago, there was a group effort towards making a 20-word > > isolating language for Birds. > > Really? I thought that was only months ago! > <<<<<< > > By a relatively simple deductive process, [it had] to be after > January 1998. I'd say that means it was nearer one year ago. > > Tal? How big is the larkhive these days?
Coverage is currently July 1998 to June 1999. <<<<<< Shinting Flub! It was as recently as June this year. Please forgive me, Sally! <G> Here I present ((very) small fanfare) the original Edward de Bono article (from Science Journal) that caused Richard Kennaway to start a thread that caused Jim Henry to start a thread that caused me to start this particular thread. In around 1971, Edward de Bono wrote:
> Suppose your vocabulary was to be limited to 20 unalterable words. > These words would have to suffice for ordinary day to day living, not for > technological communication. They could not be supplemented by facial > expression, tone, gesture, or sign language. Nor is picture material > allowed but simple indicative pointing is allowed. > The words do not have to exist at present. You can invent anywords > with which you would like to communicate particular meanings.The words > could be used separately or in any sequential manner. What are your 20?
Things that were covered last time this topic came up include: The ways to slice semantic space for various lifeforms / lifestyles The amazing extensiblifying quality of auxilliaries (particularly "not") A fairly complete sketch of Old Hyksos RPN as a conlang grammar, and "what do you do about adverbs?" -- I may have another attempt at this, actually... A semi-hoax(?) attempt from Jim Henry, entitled: "ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ri ma su" Nik Taylor encouraging people to invent new technical terms! The Gladilatian mathematical system (yikes!) Nik, John C and Charles in a heated agreement about unambiguous mathematical notations. Bird phonology (apico-rostral trills and the like) "Whatever happened to aUI"? ************************************************************* This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender. This footnote also confirms that this email message has been scanned for the presence of computer viruses. *************************************************************