Raymond Brown respondis: > And limiting the choice to Ido & Novial is very narrow, to say the least. > Why hark back to languages the early years of this century? The younger of > the two, Novial, is now approaching 70. Let's at least look _ahead_ to the > comming 3rd millennium! And what exactly will that bring that new age bring that we don't already have? We seem to hear a lot of talk about this panacea of a Global IAL, but we never see any examples of such a thing. As Jespersen said, everything should hang together in an IAL. I would interpret that as meaning that it should be reasonably homogeneous. Imagine the alternative: say, for instance, we take the suffix -al from Euro languages. Then we take a whole load of substantives from Malay or Cantonese or Japanese. Who on earth is going to recognize the resulting derived forms? In short, I would imagine that the sort of level of autonomous word-building we would desire, along with an almost certainly continental Euro orthography, would preclude many non-Euro forms anyway. [By the way, the people of this list probably didn't know that Ido "ka" actually comes from Sanskrit.] James Chandler.