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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Andrew Nowicki <andrew@...>
Date:Saturday, January 25, 2003, 18:26
Andrew Nowicki wrote:
AN> abrasive = y-dy-fe = "noun sharp powder"
AN> accountant = o-ga-ja = "noun money craftsman"
AN> acceleration = y-co-zi-ly = "noun changing mobile number"

Andreas Johansson wrote:
AJ> Quite possibly it doesn't concern you at all,
AJ> but a language in which (apparently) most nouns
AJ> are lengthy compounds, without any actual
AJ> derivational morphemes, strikes me as unnatural.

You sound like a conservative person.
aUI and Lojban conlangs also use compound words.
Each aUI root word is a single letter. Lojban root
words are 3 or 4 letters long.

If you have memorized 180 root words of Ygyde, it is
easy to memorize "money craftsman." The word "accountant"
is meaningless to someone who learns the English language.

AJ> Is the thing supposed to be taxonomical in that
AJ> you can, given the rules, figure out the meaning
AJ> of a compound? If not, I'm seriously failing to
AJ> see the point in this kind of vocabulary structure.

You can do it either way. I made taxonomical words
of plants, vegetables, and animals. Most of these
words have 3 syllables. All vegetables have 2 identical
syllables and 1 unique syllable. Such taxonomical names
sound alike, so they are sometimes hard to tell apart.


Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>