li [Paul Bartlett] mi tulis la > On Tue, 19 Sep 2006, Rex May wrote: > > > [trim] > > > Anyhow, I've long thought that, phoneme or no, 'c' is one > of the more > > annoying elements of the language. I'd replace it with 's' in > > general, especially when it's part of a cluster as in 'funkcii.' If > > you really want to preserve the sound, as in words like 'caro,' then > > you'd make it 'tsaro.' > > As is well known, I am no particular partisan of Esperanto. > Nevertheless, I have never had any real problem with 'c', even in > clusters. 'Scii' seems quite easy to me, and even 'funkcii' is not > impossible. It all gets back to the old issue of tradeoffs in conIAL > design. I very much doubt that anyone will ever design a conIAL > without somebody sniping at something. There will never be a pleasing > of everybody. Sooner or later one simply has to go with something, > warts and all. As somebody or other once said, the perfect is the > enemy of the good. You're right about not pleasing everyone, but this particular situation is one that creates a great difficulty. Great difficulties are what we want to avoid in IAL design. I, for one, can not pronounce "scii". It comes out more like [s:i?i] when I say it rather than [stsii]. The worst part is that this is a very common words so it's used often. I suppose if I stutter a bit and keep trying, I can get it right eventually but this is supposed to be an "easy" language so why should I have to bother?