Following a thread from the previous post (/Travel/Europe/Miro), I just
stumbled across Basic English (ogden.basic-english.org/basiceng.html).
Basic English is an attempt to deobfuscate the English language, primarily
by reducing its vocabulary from the tens of thousands present in standard
English to 850.

Basic English is a subset of English, complete with its grammatical exceptions and ambiguities. I wonder how much munging it would take to make an easily computer-parsable English. How strange would English have to look (to a human) for a computer to be able to understand it as well? I would really like to be able to search for articles on the web that contain, for example, negative opinions about a specific topic. Or how about: "All pages which contradict the statement the following assertion…" (followed by some English text which states something as fact). I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to make this sort of things possible with standard English, but if English were disambiguously computer parsable, it would be simple.

The fact that Lojban (www.lojban.org) is computer parsable (www.lojban.org/resources/tools.html) has always excited me, but I’m afraid that if I wrote my web posts in Lojban, nobody would read them.