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Re: Previous post, more examples..

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 6, 2002, 18:21
JS Bangs scripsit:

> This is a good point. In fact, I'd be really curious to see if a lang > could be designed to both have taxonomic/descriptive vocabulary and > necessary redundancy. An interesting project . . .
Sure it could. The theory of error-detecting and -correcting codes is well understood. Lojban uses this in a small way in its gismu (primitive content words): no two of them differ only in the final vowel, nor do the consonant parts differ solely in a single phonological feature. For example, since "gismu" is the language, "gisma" is ruled out, and so is "gisnu". But adding error-detection (still less error-correction) to a Ro-type language would make the long words even longer. -- John Cowan "If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders." --Hal Abelson