In a message dated 2000:09:04 3:17:23 AM, [log in to unmask] writes:

>ObConlang:  What do y'all call currencies in your languages, if any such

    On/in the Autonomia Isola Verde - a self-sufficient tropical rainforest
micro-republic (& ex-joint colony of Italy & Japan) in the Celebes Sea (sorta
right smack dab in between the Philippines, Papua NiuGini, Indonesia, &
Brunei/Borneo) - there used to be use of the _lira_ coin. Then a period in
which all world coinage - no paper money - was used (post-WW2). By the
late1980's, US dollar coins were rapidly overwhelming the local economy. In
reaction to this, the anarchistic Caos Generazi took over & all money (except
coin-collecting & "art coin-making" in lost-wax art form) was declared "null
and void."
    Since Isola Verde has a highly polyglot population of just over 1,000,
anarchist social organization comes easy (that nearly 1/2 are tribal people &
that 1/3 of the population is between the ages of 18 and 30 also makes this

    The lingua franca is "Caos Pidgin" - a "mutated" Italian-lexifier pidgin
with a syntax similar to Bazaar Malay and various pidgin Englishes ...
("Caos" actually taken from one mid-20th Century Italian's awed response to
the polyglot Babel of Malay, Italian, Tagalog/Spanish, Cantonese, Japanese,
German, English (several widely differing varieties, i.e. Aussie, Kiwi,
Chinese Pidgin English, Tok Pisin, Bislama, etc.), Nepali, Hindi, various
Melanesian & Polynesian tongues.)


    ::tilt of my hat to Luca for help & helpful suggestions re: both Caos
Pidgin & Autonomia Isola Verde::

"It would be ironic if the answer to Babel
were pidgin and not Pentecost."
- George Steiner,  _After Babel:
  Aspects of Language & Translation_