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TECH: Auto-Segmenting Engelang (was REQUEST: Engelang?)

From:Rob Haden <magwich78@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 31, 2005, 6:57
On Mon, 30 May 2005 01:08:32 -0700, David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>

>(3) Engelang: The creator starts out with a problem, e.g., how >can a language with the fewest number of sounds work? How >can I make it so that the most basic concepts are expressed with >the fewest number of words? Can a language exist without >any pronouns? The creator, then, sets out to create a language >to solve these problems specifically, without taking into consideration >any aspect of language which doesn't relate to the problems they >set out to address. > >That's what I think of when I think of an engelang. All the languages >I've thought of that have features like an engelang, though, can >really be classified as artlangs or auxlangs or conlangs. I was looking >for one that's purely an engelang.
One such problem that I frequently grapple with is auto-segmentation. That is, can a language be constructed such that any combination of morphemes has one and only one meaning? This problem is also very interesting from a natural-language-processing or speech-recognition point of view. Any takers here? :P - Rob


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