> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of MacLeod Dave > > I also have serious doubts about a culturally isolated language > > growing to any large proportions without losing the features that > > make it "easy" to learn and use. How long before Interlingua starts > > inheriting local idioms and slang from other European languages? > > Here's the one thing you wrote in there was on topic (since the > topic's not about Interlingua). It would depend on the philosophy of > the language. Naturalistic languages could have a Fundamento as well. > ia doesn't have that because of the philosophy of the people that > created it but it could have been easy enough to create a philosophy > behind the language geared towards ease of learning and stability. > Slovio's an example of that I suppose. Based on a smaller group of > source languages but still quite systematic. Languages based on a > small number of source languages also often promote themselves as "an > easy way to communicate with anybody that speaks language family x". > They don't work as hard on that point as they should though. I agree that any good planned language should have some type of "fundamento", but having a good authority behind a language is no guarantee that people will follow it. Those of us who are native Anglophones were all taught "proper " English in schools, but how many use it in their daily lives?