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From:   Robert J. Petry [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
Sent:   Saturday, August 15, 1998 12:06 PM
To:     Mikhail ADIGEYEV
Cc:     Multiple recipients of list AUXLANG
Subject:        Re: Esperanto vs Interlingua & Occ.
 
...
Occidental does that right now, and can be understood by at least a half =
billion people,
without training. With a weekend of practice they would be 150% ahead of =
Esperanto at
least. And, Occidental is a totallly complete language ready for common, =
legal,
scientific, prose, poetry, song use. It is totally complete. So, make a =
chart with for and
against for Esperanto and Occidental. The side with the most positives =
for learning and
using it now will be Occidental. Unless, of course, one wants to join a =
closed club of
actually, much less than 2 million people.Anyway, welcome to auxlang, =
and be prepared for
some IAL fun.
 
A favorite claim of proponents of "naturalistic" planned languages is =
that supporters of Esperanto are a "closed club", etc. Quite untrue, of =
course.  To start a correspondence with someone who knows no Esperanto =
you can send a letter and a short "Key" in his language.  Hardly the =
insurmountable obstacle that some have claimed.  Actually even for a =
speaker of a romance language the slight edge given by a language which =
uses more romance vocabulary is insignificant when compared to the =
advantages given by a language having a word-building system such as =
Esperanto's.
 
So, far from being "150% ahead of Esperanto" after a weekend of =
practice, let the new learner of Occidental enjoy her slight =
vocabulary-driven headstart, since it will probably only _last_ for a =
weekend.  After the weekend the new Esperantist will be ahead.  And =
more, the new Esperantist will be better able to write in the language =
(as opposed to reading only).
 
Amikajn salutojn!
 
Ken
 
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