Applying for a Neo Subtag

Mark Davis ☕ (sıʌɐp ʞɹɐɯ) mark at
Mon Mar 7 20:49:05 CET 2011

No, you can't ditch them all; not saying you can.

Particles or word order are so very much simpler than inflections for one of
the key problems we are faced with: parameter substitution. That is,
substituting variables in sentences templates like "{person} viewed {number}
{things} on {date}". Inflexions would be ok if they were perfectly regular
and never overlapped with other words—but that never happens, so they are
extremely painful.


*— Il meglio è l’inimico del bene —*

On Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 11:09, John Cowan <cowan at> wrote:

> Mark Davis â?? (sıÊ?É?p Ê?ɹÉ?ɯ) scripsit:
> > Unfortunate that so many of the artificial languages chose to use
> > inflections and gender; if you're going to go to all the bother of
> > inventing an artificial language, you might as well get rid of that
> > baggage as well.
> Inflection, particles, word order: you can't ditch them all.  Esperanto
> goes for inflection for conversion, TAM and noun case, particles for
> everything else, leaving word order for pragmatic relationships.
> I don't know of any auxlang with grammatical gender.
> --
> John Cowan  cowan at
> Dievas dave dantis; Dievas duos duonos          --Lithuanian proverb
> Deus dedit dentes; deus dabit panem             --Latin version thereof
> Deity donated dentition;
>  deity'll donate doughnuts                     --English version by Muke
> Tever
> God gave gums; God'll give granary              --Version by Mat McVeagh
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