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Re: LUNATIC again

From:Bryan Maloney <bjm10@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 4, 1998, 0:56
On Tue, 3 Nov 1998, Sally Caves wrote:

> Thank you John... I don't know why I didn't see this OBVIOUS point, and > Bryan has put it a little more beerishly, ;-) but it generates a new
There is nothing that cannot be better understood in terms of beer.
> The requirement that there has to be ONE lingua franca language > for the world to speak seems a little severe, and one that
That depends on how one defines "world". Given that Lingua Franca (the original) didn't do too bad in a large region, there's some chance. Of course, Lingua Franca was a *natural* auxlang, not an externally imposed one.
> Latin really worked as a lingua franca way back when, but it
Lingua Franca worked pretty well, too.
> was adopted because it was the language of a literature and > a culture that was already in existence, and already had > attached to it a certain prestige, and a body of classical > and religious texts that made studying it worthwhile.
Yeah, kind of like English...
> But if there were TEXTS out there that made it imperative that > the nations of the world unite around them, I could see the > creation of a new lingua franca. But starting from the
And the thing is, these days, there is a large cadre of professional translaters.