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On 11/11/05, Paul Bartlett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Nov 2005, Jim Henry wrote (excerpt):
>
> > 2. there's are other constructed languages -
> > particularly Esperanto - that have been around
> > longer, have more speakers and a larger
> > corpus of literature, -- everything except
> > the academic stamp of approval, in fact.
>
> One qualification: and except for the stamp of approval of
> any government(s) or quasi-governmental organization(s).

Sure.  But in the hypothetical situation
I was describing, you have Esperanto,
Interlingua, Ido all being promoted and used
by essentially the same kind of people
who are promoting and using them now;
and some newer non-euroclone IAL
being seriously promoted by a sizable
group of academics who like the idea
of an IAL but dislike the euroclones
because of their "non-neutrality",
etc.  Of course if one or more governments
got involved promoting any particular IAL,
things would get more complicated.

Actually, I think the probability of
one of the small non-euroclone IALs
getting a serious following is pretty
small; but if it's going to happen
at all, the scenario I described
is probably the most likely way it
could happen.  And I don't think it
would be a bad thing
if it did happen.

--
Jim Henry
http://www.pobox.com/~jimhenry/review/log.htm