> Take a look at Linux programmers. They have no money > and no army and yet they can work together for common > good. The Linux programmers can work together because > they are rational. Auxlangers cannot work together > because they have the mindset of religious > fundamentalists. The programmers you refer to are a small minority. Auxlangers are like everyone else. Some can and do work together while others don't. This is no different from any other part of human existence. > The philosophical and a-priori auxlangs have not > gained much popularity because they have fatal flaws: > - Lojban's grammar is hard to learn. > - aUI has very few roots, so most of its compound words > are meaningless (much more so than Ygyde compound words), > and for that reason they are not easy to remember. > It is difficult to distinguish short vowels from > long vowels > - Ro does not have any compound words and yet all its > words are a-priori. This means that its vocabulary > is difficult to memorize. Vegetable names and numbers > sound alike because Ro is a taxonomic auxlang. > - Sona stinks. They haven't gained much popularity because very few people have ever heard of them. In fact most people haven't heard of Esperanto either > Elomi and Kali-sise have some serious flaws, but these > flaws can be fixed. Neither of these two auxlangs is > as mature as the Special English used by the voice of > America. Elomi has only barely been started. I've been following it and have really not seen any "flaws". Any language that is usable can not be "flawed", as you put it. > Ygyde is the front runner in the philosophical/a-priori > group, but it is in constant flux. A year ago spelling > of its compound words was changed. A month ago all > geographic names were changed. Ygyde is far too immature > for mass marketing. What it needs is a small group of > dedicated, Linux-like voluntaries who will test its > oligosynthetic foundations and publish test results in > a linguistic journal. How many speak it? How many are currently learning it? I doubt that one or two people (at most) makes is a "front runner" for anything. If you want to run tests, then go right ahead. Nobody is stopping you.