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Re: Extrapolating languages

From:Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>
Date:Monday, December 22, 2003, 20:14
In a message dated 12/21/2003 9:31:25 PM Eastern Standard Time,
fiziwig@YAHOO.COM writes:

>In other words, is there some >design which, due to its inherent simplicity or >efficienty, would be more resistent to change than a >natlang?
I.e., does change occur just for the sake of change, or is there some notion of "striving" toward a "more perfected" form? And if so, could a more perfected form be designed which would thus resist change? I'd say probably not. There has been an enormous variety of languages spoken on Earth, and so far as we can tell they all change -- not necessarily at the same rate, but enough so that, given time, they will become something not mutually intelligible with the earlier form.