On Tue, Apr 03, 2001 at 05:20:11PM -0400, Dan Sugalski wrote: > Dunno--the older a language is, the more regular it seems to be. (The rough > edges get worn off, I assume) While Latin had a reasonably complex set of > rules, it was more regular than English. Japanese feels the same, though > I'll grant I've little enough experience with it that my impression might > be wrong or incomplete. In my experience of Japanese (and other languages) it's quite the opposite. Speakers get lazy. They cut corners. They omit things. They corrupt verb forms. Latin was pretty regular; languages derived from it aren't. -- >God Save the Queen! And let Satan take the Prime Minister... - Tanuki, in the monastery.