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Re: [Fwd: [occidental] Theory and Reality]

From:Douglas Koller <laokou@...>
Date:Thursday, October 15, 1998, 8:00
Robert J. Petry wrote:

> When a person "creates" orr language, and adds "custom, psychology, etc" > factors to the language, then does this create a potential problem down the > road? i.e. Assuming the language is meant to be used by others, is the > language creator now "overlaying" orr personal custom, psychology and maybe even > belief system on the learners of > the new language? Or, is the custom, psychology, etc. to be developed within > that language by the ultimate users of the language?
As an artlanger, I'm not especially concerned about this. If any person in the real world in real time wanted to learn my lang, they'd have to accept its Douglas overlay to the same extent that someone learning French would have to accept the overlay of French custom, psychology etc. One would hope, however, that the designers of/debators on an IAL would be especially sensitive to these concerns you've mentioned (though that's a minefield I care not to tap-dance through [sorry, *throo*]). Kou