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Re: OT: Auxlangs (was Re: "Esperanto V.2")

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Sunday, March 26, 2006, 18:51
Chris Bates wrote:

>> But I think you *can* have the full expressive power of a natlang >> together >> with a simple, easy-to-use grammar. >> >> > I'm not disagreeing with that, but there are more and less elegant > solutions to the various problems a language has to deal with. It's > similar in a way to the differences between Turing complete > programming languages: yes, in a sense ig your program can be run on a > Turing machine then you can write it in any Turing complete > programming language, but that doesn't mean that all languages are > equal. Some present much better, more elegant and more concise > solutions to common problems than others do.
I wouldn't equate 'concise' with 'better', with programming languages or natural ones. Conciseness in a programming language usually occurs at the expense of readability, and conciseness with actual languages increases the possibility of mishearing.


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>