1. HilaryChapman

    I wish you well in your linguistic endeavours. You write that “Esperanto has flaws”. Whether or not that is true, the best way forward would be to make practical use of Esperanto, which has a substantial speaker-population,then suggests improvements from within.

    I've used Esperanto for all sorts of purposes in some fifteen countries over many years. It's going to be hard to beat!

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    Esperanto is still not used anywhere as much that it would be hard to beat in an organized well-supported attempt to adopt another language.

    You know that there have been suggested improvements from within (such as Ido) and they haven't achieved anything. Esperanto has a structure of its own and suggesting improvements would not really work because you would have to change a lot of fundamental things and also the fundamentals are very hard to change due to high resistance. That's like saying “if you wanna make a car, get a boat and make improvement from within to make it into a car” while it would make a lot more sense to simply make a car from scratch by collecting and assembling the parts.

    That given, I would still prefer Esperanto to the natural languages that are currently being used as international.

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    man… nothing new under the sun. Cool on one hand but depressing on the other that I can never have a unique idea. Not only did I have a 90% similar idea years and years ago, but even more ironically I just happened to think about it in detail this morning — and now I happen across your blog. I wouldn't enlist too many linguists, though, given their contempt for languages. Chomsky himself knows how many languages? 1.5? Lover of languages? NO WAY. I think accomplished polyglots would be a much better choice.

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    I understand how it might seem like a lot of scientists are snobbish academia types. I personally don't have much experience with linguists (except McWhorter whose courses I have listened and Chomsky some interviews of whom I have seen) so I could not judge objectively how fitting the majority of them would be for the task. I just kinda think that there is nobody else who really knows about how languages work and how they are interrelated in theory. Sure, polyglots know many languages but usually they just *know* them, they don't actually understand them.

    I'd be glad to have anybody who can contribute on board though, would this project ever to be done.

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    Very well written article. I am comfortable with English as the lingua franca. It is a global language and it is spoken in almost all parts of the world. But apart from this there is also specific lingua franca languages that are specific for each countries.Thanks for sharing useful information here.

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