janKipo wrote:Given its history, Esperanto has been rather touchy about other languages at its meetings, but such meetups do occur fairly regularly -- tp got a good boost in Finland from an Esperanto group, for example. Still, I think getting a spot on the program is unlikely -- but worth a try. Good luck and have a good get togetehr. Try talking tp as much as you can, as the chance to do so are few and far between.
toki pona doesn't compete with Esperanto anymore than Esperanto competes with pig latin, C# or military hand signals
It does raise the interesting question of what are the suitable domains for a constructed language, like toki pona. Right now the only domain I use it for is recreational linguistics-- solving puzzles like can the ultimate show down
be translated into tp, I tend to write more tp than I read, an unusual state of affairs when I can't write any natural language other than English with any competency.
Tp is likely never to be used at church, the office, in the military, for talking to strangers on the streets at home. As for tourism, last time I was in Europe trying to talk to random on the street, people try the national language first, German or English second. The odds of the other person speaking Lithuanian or Dutch would be better than the odds of them knowing Esperanto, and no one asked if I knew Esperanto. The odds of tp replacing Esperanto are nil, so I think the Esperanto community shouldn't fear it (or any other conlang with different goals).
Tp could be used at home I suppose with the right housemates. I'll have to work out how to say "Did you do your home work?" and "Dinner time!" and "Please set the internet radio recorder to start recording that french radio station at 4AM for two hours a day Monday through Friday." and "Who used up all the hot water again?