• bionicjoey
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    5 months ago

    Currently Esperanto is in a weird “double dilemma”:

    • it’s weakly designed, but languages with a better design barely have speakers;
    • it’s spoken by a relatively low amount of people, but the other options are all languages associated with national identities.

    Reminds me of the programmer’s expression: “there are two kinds of languages: the ones people complain about, and the ones nobody uses”

    • Lvxferre@mander.xyzM
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      5 months ago

      Yup. It’s a bit like this, but on two levels - people complaining about natlangs because “nobody”* uses Esperanto, and complaining about Esperanto because “nobody”* uses the other auxiliary conlangs.

      *I mean, proportionally.