On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 17:47:09 -0500 [log in to unmask] wrote. >America! America! God mend thine every flaw, >Confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law! "Confirm thy liberty in law"? Just, how, exactly, does one show freedom from government oppression by adding further oppression? Of course, this question only holds if one accepts that all law is oppression (and the converse -- that liberty is essentially freedom from legislation), which is possibly a bit of a controversial position to hold, particularly in this law-happy day and age. It seems you can't turn on the evening news these days without hearing the words "New legislation is being rushed through to prevent this happening again". My point? I have none. I'm just joining in with this slightly insane attempt to hold the list by giving you all a sniff at my own personal insanity. Speaking of holding the list: is it me or has the limit dropped from 100 to 99 messages fairly recently? Paul ObConlangBit: My non-human language is still unnamed, but I have started substantive work on it, and it is turning out to have a particularly large and irregular pronoun set. Also, it has sandhi, which with a limited grid of consonants, and monosyllablic "basic" roots, leads to some rather non-transparent compound words.