Episcopus wrote:I'm surprised that it's going well; I mean, the greatly complex languages tend to be replaced by peasant versions thereof. i.e French from Latin.
Not always. The more isolated a language is the more likely it is to retain filigree and lace. The Romance languages all developed as Vulgar Latin encountered a wealth of local languages. Modern English has been worn down by various Viking languages, including Norman French. Swahili, a trade language, is much
simpler than any of its close cousins. Attic Greek simplified as it became a lingua franca, resulting in the Koine.
But some Native American languages are mind-bendingly complex. Cree, spoken in parts of central Canada and I think the northern US, apparently wasn't mastered until you got to be about 10 years old! And I'm talking about basic grammar errors, not refined speaking.
Or is it quite easy? Cases are quite easy to remember, 14, granted rather tricky, but they would unlock many uses of words usually rendered by different perhaps more complex structures in other languages
It's not quite easy, but it's not as hard as it sounds. Many of the cases indicate prepositional relationships. For example, "in" and "into" are represented by different cases (they get special names which I always forget).