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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Christopher Wright <faceloran@...>
Date:Friday, January 17, 2003, 21:58
Andrew Nowicki sekalge:
>If we use >this logic, no conlang should have more than 3 >consonants because some speakers cannot pronounce >other consonants.
Why would I modify my language so that more people could speak it? I'm not interested in having other people learn my language; it's mine. Most of us will say the same. We just want to make beauty on our own very subjective terms. For me, having some consonant clusters and some strong, even harsh, sounds is beautiful, so I have those in my languages. To someone else, my languages would be ugly, having too many consonants or not enough, too little variety in my inventory or too much. But they are not me, so I will not change.
>Approximately 5% of men and 0.5% of >women are color blind.
Not an indication that they see colors better. Color blindness is a recessive sex-linked trait; men, with one Y and one X chromosome, are much more prone to get a disease carried on the X chromosome than women, who have two X chromosomes.
>This could be done with accent. For example, stressed >first syllable would mean adjective, stressed >second syllable would mean noun, and stressed >last syllable would mean verb.
I pity the singers and poets and many others, then. They will eternally confuse nouns, verbs, and adjectives, and nobody can have words of more than three syllables. ~Wright.