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Re: [glosalist] Sound "U" in Glosa

Manuel Pavón Valderrama (=?ISO-8859-1?Q?Manuel_Pav=F3n_Valderrama?= <cp46tan@...>) on July 18, 2005

Robin Fairbridge Gaskell pa grafo:

 There is the continuing niggle about the possibility of there being a  "Universal Grammar". Chomsky's writing is so dense that a UG might be in his books; but, reading  through his impenetrable prose to find it is virtually impossible.  I have  learnt from Chomsky, and have dedicated myself to writing very clear prose,  so that if there is a glimmer of truth within my writing, then it will be  accessible to those who try to find it.
 The UG will be found when we come to terms with the syntactical  elements of language: I believe that, of all of the Planned Languages,  Glosa is the one that comes closest to revealing the nature of a Universal  Grammar -- if one exists.

Well, the universal grammar stuff is a bit elusive, and for me it is not completely clear what does it means. Anyway, as far as I know, some researchers have suggested that maybe the creole languages could have something to do with this universal grammar.

This is based on the observation that most of these creole languages have very similar, almost identical, rules (or grammar, or syntax, or whatever you choose to call this), independently on what languages are they based on. And anyway this is a really remarkable fact that must have some underlying reason.

In this sense Glosa does the job pretty well, since it pretends to be a sort of creole (ok, maybe I misunderstood the point). Of course for this to be true, Glosa should accept some flexibilities, like the double negation, that is present in all creole languages. But it’s very near the point, I think.


Robin Gaskell


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