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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Florian Rivoal <florian@...>
Date:Friday, January 17, 2003, 3:23
>> A perfect language should be easy to pronounce, easy to understand, and >> easy to learn.
I am thinking, for a change, to make a perfect language of the opposite cathegory : hard to pronounce, to understand, and to learn. by taking a lots of uncommun features from lots of language, to be sure that even if you are familiar with some part of the language, there will still be something to trouble you. for example include all the folowing: several tones and complex tone sandhi many vowels vowel harmony diphtongues vowel clusters nasals many consonants heavy consonants clusters voiced/unvoiced aspirated/non aspirated clicks unusual phonological constraints, to be sure to distord loanwords lots of words sounding similar lots of fossilized idioms which do not fit modern grammar Liaison heavy inflexions case system which is neither accusative or ergative verb tense verb aspect verb mood verb voice lexical and grammatical differences from politness differences (like in japanese) versatile word order slightly aglutinant, so you can never clearly tell what is a word lots of irregularities ambiguities on common vocabulary male/female speech differences genders classes in addition to genders several numbers (eg: sing/dual/plural/undetermined) non decimal number system. maybe 23, it can be quite terrible. some mixed writing system (like japanese, but even more twised) I guess one like this could be hard for a lot of people. Or maybe an other way to be hard, is to make a language missing the features most people consider as essential. (this list is not just a list of "no" i try to keep in mind something that is still possible.) no adjective no pronoun no demonstrative no negation no tense no mood no aspect no voice no gender no number no irregularity no relative clause gaps in "essential" vocab no greetings no word for yes/no to verb for "to have" no tone no accent no pitch no consonants? i think the "No" language could be fun to make. find out ways of saying things without using what we consider essential.


H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>