On Fri, 20 Jun 2003 01:47, you wrote: > > Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 13:52:59 +0200 > > From: Jrg Rhiemeier <[log in to unmask]> > > > > This of course raises the question, why is auxlanger linguistics so > > doggy? I don't know. Perhaps it is that someone who understands the > > way languages work realizes that the whole enterprise of creating an > > artificial international auxiliary language is a hunting of a snark, > > so the good linguists abandon the auxlang quest (if they ever > > embarked in it) and the bad linguists stay on. > > Or perhaps it is that people with a good feeling for language, skilled > linguists or not, will realize that the little details don't really > matter that much for learnability or usability. If they should want to > further the cause of one common IAL, they will sit back and wait for > the fanatics to agree on which one. > > Or they speak Esperanto and are done with the discussion already. Or perhaps - i my case at least - I grew up speaking an IAL - a Pidgin - and know how the whole thing works from simple observation. So I don't have any eggs to fry. Because, people will do what people will do - with a minimum of outside promting, and sometimes they even get it right. Wesley Parish > > Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <[log in to unmask]> (Humour NOT > marked) -- Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."