Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Rant about Lojban (not mine)

Although this rant is on a forum and I don't know how clever linking forum posts is, I must say I found much to recommend in Sumelic's rant about Lojban. Certainly Lojban was not designed to be a good auxiliary language (although apparently some seem to want it to be one), and thus its flaws in those regards are acceptable. However, some who try to make good international auxiliary languages seem to replicate some of its flaws. The logical language movement seems to fail to realize that communicative needs are shaped by the real world we live in, an evolutionary algorithms are pretty good at identifying what types of optimizations are beneficial. Essentially, linguistic evolution creates useful shorthands (which you can see an example of missing from Lojban in the point named 'one last thing').

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