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--- Andrew Nowicki <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> "H. S. Teoh" wrote:
> > Furthermore, in order to cope with
> > speakers
> > of some languages that only have 3
> > consonants
> > (p, b, g), you'd have to *majorly* cut
> > down the
> > phonological inventory. Probably to the
> > point you can't do very much with it.
>
> The same limitations apply to artlangs.

Not at all. Conlangers have done extremely
minimal phonologies. Including languages that are
composed solely of whistles.

> If we use
> this logic, no conlang should have more than 3
> consonants because some speakers cannot
> pronounce other consonants.

Well, there's the problem! _Conlangers_ don't
give a fiddler's fart for what "other people" may
or may not find difficult. We use phonologies
that are sometimes very small, sometimes very
large, sometimes impossible to pronounce by human
beings. _Auxlangers_ are the ones that have to be
aware of such constraints.

> When you learn a new language, you do not walk
> around with dictionaries, but you try to guess
> the meanings of new words. If you know that
> "legal expert" means a lawyer, and you hear a
> new
> word sounding like "medical expert," you may
> guess
> that this means a physician.

To be realistic, you'd already have to know two
words, "medical" and "expert" to know what that
is. And it may well mean "nurse", "nurse
practitioner", "EMT", "MD", "DO", "DCM", "vet",
"coroner" "rep" or any number of other experts
that may or may not "medical".

> > > And women. On average, they see colors
> > > better than men.
>
> > I'm not so sure about that. I think women
> > just
> > associate colors with emotions more
> > strongly
> > than men, and so they tend to notice
> > things men
> > are completely oblivious to.
>
> I am sure. Approximately 5% of men and 0.5% of
> women are color blind.

So what? All that means is more males are colour
blind than females. We're not talking about
colour _blind_ people; but people that can see
colours. Naming extremely close colours and
caring about the minute differences between
"blush peach" and "peach blush" a woman thing.

A quarter or more males can expect prostate
troubles; while 0% of women can expect same. Does
that mean women piss better?

Padraic.


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