On Sat, Mar 19, 2011 at 8:42 AM, James Chandler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Of course adding new words is not a reform, but how can eliminating a whole letter from the alphabet not be a reform?
It's not the same as removing the daft hats, as that would mean simply WRITING h^ differently, as hh or hx for example.
If I wanted to eliminate the letter h from Ido, would that not be a reform of Ido?
And are you saying that the "Foundation" of Esperanto doesn't prescribe what letters should make up the alphabet?
This is all very odd IMO.
Again, you're just inventing things to complain about. Nobody is eliminating a letter from the alphabet. Nobody has proposed such a thing. This is just something you made up.
The Fundamento prescribes what letters are in the Esperanto alphabet. That means that those letter are available for any Esperanto word. That's all. The Esperanto system of writing and spelling includes those letters. Even if someday every single Esperanto word that has ĥ in it becomes archaic, and no new word is imported that has ĥ in it, ĥ will still be part of the Esperanto alphabet. It will still be there, available for any word that needs it.