Mark skribis: >did skim the past month or so of posts just to get an idea what people talk about here, and one of the threads caught my attention. I'm paraphrasing and hopefully not misrepresenting too much, but I think it was about some languages like interlingua being constantly pulled toward more and more irregular grammar rules because native speakers of romance languages keep trying to turn it into a clone of their native language. I have to think, that's what you get for using too many words from real languages in the vocabulary.. the native speakers of those languages feel entitled to re-shape the rest of the language in their own image too. I want a language that's at least somewhat immune to a constant pull toward irrationalization like that. That's useful anecdotal evidence Mark, and an argument against Ia and naturalistic langs that I hadn't really thought about before. Ia seems to me to be a sort of semi-creole of Italian, which might explain the phenomenon you've experienced among Ia-ists.