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You are perfectly right.
 
I suppose something Esperanto or Ido like would be the best solution but
with the root words coming from as much from German and Latin as from
other language groups.  Probably Chinese, Slavic, Swahili...
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Carlos <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 1999 9:02 AM
Subject: Same difficultness (?) for all (was: Language or Dialect?)
 
 
> Roland Hoensch - 1999.11.30 14.34 ART:
> > Solutions?  We already them.  I personally lean toward Esperanto,
> > but Interlingua is somewhat more Elegant.  The former for everyday
> > communication, the latter for scientific and literary purposes.
> > Two international languages would ensure that all educated people
> > will also be well-spoken.
>
> But these languages still give some ethnic groups unfair advantages. I
> (spanish speaker) can understand interlingua posts with little problem.
And
> Esperanto, although it is uninteligible without learning, once you learn
the
> affixes, prepositions, particles, etc., still has a great degree of
> recognizability in its roots for a romance speaker.
>
> I don't think changing the privileged group from English to Romance or the
> whole Europe and America is a solution for the issue (may be I didn't
> understand the issue ;). But Interlingua is as eurocentric as Occidental.
> Esperanto is a bit "fairer", because (no scientific support for the
> following affirmation, only speculation) if you happen to recognize the
> roots, then the grammar, affix system, accusative endings, adverbial
abuse,
> etc., is sufficiently alien to you to force you to learn them; and if you
> have it easy with them then you will have to learn the meaning of every
root
> with a dictionary.
>
> It still gives Euroamericans an advantage, but they still have to learn
it,
> although they have it easier.
>
> I think Lojban is equally difficult for anybody... but it is veeery
> difficult! I think (again: may be very wrong here! only speculating) the
> unsuitability of Lojban as a IAL resides in that it doesn't provide you a
> way to codify your thoughts, it forces you to think differently. While
that
> is not inherently wrong, I think that restrains it for becoming widely
> accepted. Again: very difficult.
>
> So: what's the ideal IAL, the one that doesn't permit some people to
correct
> others because "I know better. Hey! It's based in my own language!" and is
> still relatively easy to learn for the average world citizen?
>
> ---
> Note: "America" and its derivatives referring to the continent.
>