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Re: LUNATIC again

From:charles <catty@...>
Date:Sunday, November 8, 1998, 19:19
Logical Language Group wrote:

> Fine, but English language as used by most people supports binary thinking > and not fuzzy thinking. Either something is a duck or it is not. This > type of thinking has crossed into all avenues of life (especially politics). > If you want English terms to be understood fuzzily, you have to be very > wordy and careful.
Actually, this has little to do with English. Read up on metaphysics dating from the scholatic philosophers, and you will see that it is a pan-Western idea, which forms the underpinnings of logic and ... your "code".
> What a critical mass of speakers proves is that the language has a chance of > continuing beyond the inventor.
> But you can look at "E-Prime", that variety of English that eschews the > semantics of identity. Is it a separate language from English? I would say > that it is only a code,
The key to the non-speakability of your code is that every verb is a separate idiom, exactly like unix utility commands, taking different positional parameters. True langs have some concept of cases or some other way to regularize parameters. Lojban is simply a bad imitation of English. If you want to see a much better conlang which achieves your putative aim of disambiguation, try Classical Yiklamu, which is at least based on some scientific research (WordNet).