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Le Fri, 13 Nov 2009 12:50:11 +0800,
Jacques Chester <> thought:

> On 12/11/2009, at 8:15 PM, steve donovan wrote:
> > In short, there are so many PLs that they're starting to
> > stand on each others' feet.
> I read a few years back that the number of artificial languages
> has already surpassed the number of natural languages. Assuming
> that language names are evenly distributed amongst dictionary
> words, and further assuming that an average native language
> speaker has a day-to-day vocabulary of 5,000 words, we can surmise
> that every single-word name for a language has been taken by
> this stage.
> And if not yet, then soon!

Surely no: 'C' is no (english) word, 'php' neither, and I don't even dare to mention 'javascript'. What about 'lua'? Was not an english word, now may be in specialised dictionaries --as a proper noun. Most non-famous languages, not mainly intended for production, have names meaningful for their others, thus often non-english.

(my own project's "codename" is 'claro')

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