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
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
> On what statistics? I've not found that to be so. The vast majority
> 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
> 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
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