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

From:Chris Bates <chris.maths_student@...>
Date:Saturday, March 25, 2006, 19:00
>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 think in auxilliary languages minimalist grammar, while perhaps functionally equivalent to other more grammatically complex languages, often has the effect of making many things that should be natural and easy to express into awkward paraphrases and/or unpredictable idioms (thus shifting the complexity from the grammar to the lexicon).


Joe <joe@...>