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Re: Comparison of philosophical languages

From:Mau Rauszer <maurauser@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 21, 2003, 6:31
Andrew Nowicki  <andrew@...> 2003.01.20. 21:14:37 +1h-kor írta:

> I believe that any language is merely a tool that > should be discarded when a better tool is found. > Any tool can be compared to other tools. I would > like to know what features of a general purpose > spoken language are desirable.
We don't think like that. I - and I'm sure most people around there - believes that every language is better than another, though one is more beautiful, one is compact or progressive. Language is not just a tool of communication but the source of human thinking and intelligence. Not many people can learn a foreign language better than its native lang. Did not you reckoginzed that when you speak a foreign language you have o think in that lang unless you will be very slow to understand and answer.
> Some programming languages are better than other > programming languages. Some spoken languages are > better than other spoken languages. Some systems > of measures are better than other systems of > measures. If we had been talking about systems of > measures I would certainly say that the metric > system is superb to other systems. The flamers > in this thread imply that we cannot compare > languages. Just because *they* cannot compare > languages does not mean that languages cannot > be compared.
Languages can be compared regaring to their differences but none can say it is better than other - language is fluent and changes, which was powerful and compact in one century may lose its power in the next one.
> Some spoken languages, for example Japanese, > resemble Ygyde and Ro in a sense that they build > compound words from short roots. Even the English > language has some of this ability: police-man, > fire-man, work-man, crafts-man, journey-man, > milk-man, gentle-man, noble-man, water-man, air-man, > horse-man, herds-man, boat-man, cave-man, sky-man, > country-man, woods-man, trades-man, yeo-man, > weather-man, gun-man, clergy-man, house-man... > Is it difficult to tell these words apart?
That is also shown in many other languages, both constructed and natural ones - for example Hungarian and Long Wer, the ones I know a "bit" :)
> On the other hand the English language has some > nasty near homonyms: She sells sea-shells. I had > a hot hat on my head. > Another flaw of the English language is that a > novice listening to a fast speech cannot tell > where one word ends and another word begins.
What's the matter? Human brain is capable to wonderful things. It even can reckognize words form a spaceless mouthful. -- Mau