from: "Paul O. Bartlett" <[log in to unmask]> > I looked at some more web pages on Europanto, and it still seems > like something of a joke to me. But whether or not it is, it does not > seem appropriate as an official language for an auxiliary language > association. It seems so intensely eurocentric, even more so than the > other three, that it brings up the question of what the organization is > all about, and conIALs in general. Is this organization to be only for > auxiliary languages for people who speak west European languages, or is > it to be about auxiliary languages that might be intended for global > scope? That's a good point Paul. I agree with your view that Europanto sounds comical and I believe it is intended to be so. But to consider it for a global IAL would likewise be comical, I agree. However, something like Papiamentu with it's third world feel, its creole status, its simple grammar and vocab. It's kinship to the "International Standard Vocabulary" of sciences and medicine by the grace of Spanish and Dutch seems very very convincing and James makes a good pitch for it when he also highlights Papiamentu's features. Europanto and Papiamentu are worlds apart not just physically but also ideologically. Would you agree? Since, Jay B.