« on: September 28, 2004, 11:26:32 AM »
E says If bigger language (sufficient condition)----> harder to learn (necassary condition). Therefore, it says, since English is harder, it's a bigger language.
It switches the necassary condition (hard) for the sufficient (bigger). (Holy...take that sentence out of context and some weird thoughts could come from it....) Anyways, isn't it true that English could be harder to learn for other reasons? Bigger language isn't the ONLY thing that makes a language hard. What if there are no teachers to teach it or something? That would make it hard.
So the fact that that English is harder, doesn't necasarily mean that it's bigger. If it was bigger, than yes, you can conclude it's harder, but that's all. Not vice versa.
Sorry if that's unclear.