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Re: Natlang-based "IAL pidgins" (was: Bigbabytalk -a primitive language for AI)

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Sunday, September 10, 2000, 20:26
--- Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...> wrote:

> It has been suggested that an essentially minority natlang be > adopted, e.g. > Gaelic, Basque, Navaho, Sotho or whatever. But that does not seem > likely > IMHO.
And very impractical. Poliespo is an example of a supposed form of Esperanto based on Cherokee; the inventor just happens to be a condemned murderer on death row. An extreme instance, yes. (I proposed Romany once in half-jest because it's a language with more foreign borrowings than any other, and Gypsies are the best example of a nation without a geographical limitation -- Jews before the founding of Israel in 1948 are another good example, so Hebrew would work... but anyway, these are languages spoken by limited numbers, and to use a rare language is implying more ethnocentrism than using English or Hindi or Spanish.) I begin to wonder if IAL's aren't a waste of time really, or just giving up and using Esperanto since it's had success unlike the others...
> On what statistics? I've not found that to be so. The vast majority > of > the human race, however, clearly shows singular indifference.
Because of ignorance. I never heard of Esperanto until I read about it in a book on languages (one of Mario Pei's).
> I don't want to get into the all too well-known and often repeated > arguments in favor of and against Esperanto here. It's been my > unfortunate > experience to know that they inevitably (and quickly) lead to flames.
That's why we have AUXLANG, and I am not a member of that list because of all the rather caustic arguments. CONLANG is a more uplifting environment. DaW. __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail - Free email you can access from anywhere!