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What criteria do you have for your own or others' languages?

From:Sai Emrys <sai@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 8:27
This is in prep for an essay I'm writing - to revise my /On the design
of an ideal language/ essay into something more clearly meta and
complete. (And also address the question of 'conlanging "schools"',

Please list, in your own words (preferably detailed) what criteria you
apply to conlangs to judge them to be (in your opinion / for your
purposes) "better" or "worse", or more or less "likable" or
"impressive" etc etc. They can be subjective, objective, or both.

Please don't get into whether some criteria are better or worse than
*other* criteria; that is definitely not what I am asking. I'm ONLY
asking about how YOU evaluate languages; i.e. what YOU like in them
(when choosing which you want to learn, how you want to make
something, or what other conlangs you think are really cool and 'well

- Sai

P.S. ZBB thread on same topic here:


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