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Re: My girlfriend is a conlanger!

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Monday, March 17, 2003, 20:04
Quoting Daniel Andreasson Vpc-Work <daniel.andreasson@...>:

> (I *am* a fan of bouncing though. It just didn't seem > right at that moment. :)
Are you, by any chance, short? I seem to recall you refering to yourself as physically small sometime or other on the list, and I'm nursing my grand sociological theory that says that bouncing around from joy and similar, well, motoric expression of feels is something primarily indulged in by people who are short and thin. Possibly cause they're less likely to break expensive stuff when doing it, perhaps because they're less likely to hit the ceiling with their heads, perhaps because some subconscious part of the brain believes that because they are small they must still be children and therefore should be behaving childishly. If someone points out that this is very possibly the most OT thing I've ever written to the list, I'll start develop a theory that relates peoples physical size to their conlang structure preferences. Perhaps the next poll could help me gather some data by asking for people's height and weight as well as some basic characteristics of their conlangs; basic syntax, accusativity/ergativity/other, presence of cases, etc.
> The best thing about all this is that I can talk to > someone about conlanging. It is a rather big hobby > of mine, and not being able to share it with someone, > not even your girlfriend, is a bit sad. You know how > it is. "What are you doing?" "Oh, I'm just writing some > stuff". You wouldn't say "I'm creating a language and > I'm proud of it as well!" At least I wouldn't.)
That sounds a wee bit defensive, doesn't it? If someone asked me what I was doing when conlanging on the comp and I felt like giving a more informative answer than "stuff", I'd say it in some matter of fact way. Say, "Developing the some sound changes for my fictional language". I figure that people would either take that as "I'm a jerk, and being around me is bad for your social standing", or take enough of an interest to ask further. Andreas


Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>Bouncing (jara: My girlfriend is a conlanger!)