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Naturalbasic

The Universal 'mini' second language of the world.
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Ok, this must be baked or at least half-baked but just in case ... Many moons past when I was studying Computational Linguistics we used to laugh at the idea of automatic natural language comprehension and translation because natural languages like 'english' are just so conceptual based, fuzzy, ambiguous, context dependent etc. But at that time I thought, why not invent a totally new language that lacks all of these tricky ambiguities etc. Ok it's going to be a pretty boring language but it would be easy to learn and understand for both humans and computers and could be used for reasonably low-level, non conceptual linguistic interactions such as 'mars bar purchasing' etc. With Naturalbasic whichever land you are in, and regardless of whether you are talking to a human or a machine, you'll always be understood.
nichpo, Aug 08 2003

Loglan http://www.loglan.org/
Loglan [boris, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Esperanto http://www.esperanto-usa.org/
Esperanto [boris, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Lojban http://www.xkcd.com/c191.html
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RayfordSteele, Aug 08 2003
  

       Was this not pretty much the intent of Pidgin (="business")?
angel, Aug 08 2003
  

       http://www.loglan.org/   

       http://www.esperanto-usa.org/
boris, Aug 09 2003
  

       Thanks for the Loglan link [boris], fascinating, but makes this pretty baked.
nichpo, Aug 12 2003
  

       We have natural language interpreters. You can tell them apart from compilers because they have ponytails and thick glasses.
FloridaManatee, Aug 12 2003
  

       VERSE. http://www.geocities.com/dinosnider666/VERy_Simple_English.html   

       Plus, Atmempto/ACE. Like tech writing but for program computer. Have my quibbles on details. Loglan/et al has great precise logic words. Esperanto - half learned before I gave up in disgust. See VERSE for why.
dinosnider, Oct 02 2003
  

       German?
yamahito, Oct 02 2003
  

       // half learned before I gave up in disgust. //   

       Couldn't grasp complete sentence formation?
RayfordSteele, Oct 02 2003
  

       I love the way there's a north american version of esperanto ! Bonega !
neilp, Oct 02 2003
  

       [I] just assumed that [readers] on this illustrious website would be able to fill in the missing pronoun. My apologies. Now that I realize that I am being graded, I will hereafter use proper essay form.
dinosnider, Feb 12 2006
  

       Mathematics?
Cuit_au_Four, Dec 17 2006
  
      
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