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Re: [OT, Only Semi-Serious, If That] English as an IAL? (Was Futurese)

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Saturday, May 11, 2002, 17:42
Jake X wrote:
>Great idea. But while we're at it, why don't we reform irregular verbs, >correct ambiguities, change homonymns.... English, to me, is beyond repair. >don't get me wrong, it's a great language for literature and prose and >poetry, but when it comes to anything standard... forget English. The NAME >"English" is not even pronounced as spelled! >
Then, if Futurese or some other ambiguity-free, homonym-free and completely regular auxlang became world standard, and spoken in everyday situations, plenty of perfectly ordinary people would go around mangling it just as they today mangle their own native languages, changing the meaning of words, using them figuratively or ironically, and now and then simply misusing them. Some of this would stick, and we'd relatively quickly get alot of ambiguity and homonnymy in the language. As time goes by, I'm sure we'll get the odd irregular verb too! Andreas
>Jake > >~Patient is the procrastinator.~ > >>From: David Peterson <DigitalScream@...> >>Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> >>To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU >>Subject: Re: [OT, Only Semi-Serious, If That] English as an >>IAL? (Was Futurese) >>Date: Tue, 7 May 2002 20:57:00 EDT >> >>In a message dated 05/7/02 2:31:13 PM, kalatunu@HOTMAIL.COM writes: >> >><< either your lang can be pronounciable and easy to learn for 100% of >>earthlings >> >>or english rules. english rules so far. >> >> >> So, here's an idea. What if we adopted a new method for respelling >>English (and, as we know, they're a dime a dozen--I myself have one I >>really >>like!), and then kept it as a kind of IAL? This way the respective >>Englishes >>(American, British, Australian, etc.) wouldn't change, but the >>international >>variety would, and even those who speak English fluently would have to >>learn >>a new spelling system, so that everyone had to do some learning to speak >>it. >>Some would have to learn more than others, of course, but it would take >>care >>of one of the major barriers to learning English, which is the egregious >>spelling system. It'd be a kind of international communication >>compromise. >>:) Hee, hee, hee... >> Oh, and this isn't an actual proposal, and not meant to spawn any >>flames. >> If someone decides to shoot it down, I'm not going to defend it. It was >>just something I thought of. >> >>-David >> >>"fawiT, Gug&g, tSagZil-a-Gariz, waj min DidZejsat wazid..." >>"Soft, driven, slow and mad, like some new language..." >> -Jim Morrison > > >_________________________________________________________________ >Send and receive Hotmail on your mobile device:
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Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>[OT, Only Semi-Serious,