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Mandarin & IALs (was Re: modern Mandarin Chinese(s)

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Monday, May 13, 2002, 6:58
In a message dated 05/12/2002 12.52.00 PM, ray.brown@FREEUK.COM quotes me and

>>Mandarin has mutated almost as much as all the mutant >>varieties of English! I guess just like some say there are different, >>differing "Englishes," there are Mandarins, too ;) > >Perhaps it is because both languages are so tolerant of variation that >they are successful and both have so many speakers :)
IMHO, adaptability should be _a_ chief criteria (amongst others) in any conlang, especially an auxlang.
>[snip] > >> I take after my dad :) but oh so much worse... I sound like an >>Americanized Britisher who learned Mandarin from a Cantonese who grew up in >>Malaysia. In another words, a really truly f***ed Mandarin. > >Heehee - sounds as tho your 'Mandarin' is to mainland Chinese Mandarins >what Europanto is to European langs :))
Using/abusing your analogy: my scanty Mandarin, it's more like badly mangled and "broken" Novial ;)
>Pst - keep it quiet & don't tell the auxlangers (otherwise I'll need >several sets of asbestos suits), but Europanto is the only con-IAL worth >taking seriously :)))
::donning high-intensity level asbestos suit and whispering, too:: In similar vein (vain?;) I think Lingua Franca Nova is the best, serious Euroclone IAL I have looked over and that Frater2 has _some_ serious merits as an IAL!
Hanuman Zhang {HANoomaan JAHng} /'hanuma~n dZahN/ ~§~ _Ars imitatur Naturam in sua operatione._ <from Latin> = "Art is the imitation of Nature in her manner of operation." "The most beautiful order is a heap of sweepings piled up at random." ~ Heraclitus, c. 500 BCE ~§~ jinsei to iu mono wa, kinchou na geijyutsu to ieru deshou ~§~ <from Japanese> = lit. "one can probably say that 'life' is a precious artform")