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Jens Wilkinson skrev:
> --- "Donald J. HARLOW" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>   
>>> When you say "found to be wanting," are you
>>>       
>> primarily
>>     
>>> thinking of something intrinsic about the language,
>>>       
>> or
>>     
>>> do you mean it more as "they will be found wanting
>>> because they don't have many speakers?"
>>>
>>> If you mean the first, I think would be quite an
>>> interesting question to consider, though the second
>>> would not.
>>>       
>
> I thought you did, but just wanted to check. The
> problem is, I'm not sure even how much of a consensus
> there is on what makes a good IAL. Just as a personal
> example, I find it nearly possible to understand posts
> in Euroclones (to be honest, I can't really tell them
> apart), and the same is not true for Esperanto or Ido.
> But there is a good reason for it: I was brought up in
> France and am basically fluent in comprehension (not
> necessarily in speech though), and also am pretty good
> at Spanish. So I don't think the same would be true at
> all for say a Hindi speaker. 
>
>   
It doesn't matter so much what native language you speak, what matters 
is what languages you have learnt. It sure isn't my native Swedish that 
helps me to understand the Euroclones!

Kjell R