Why you should never be too hasty with "delete" was Re: Offlang suggestion & counterproposal
|From:||Peter Clark <pc451@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, April 9, 2002, 14:04|
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This, kiddies, is a sterling example of what could happen if you delete your
Conlang email too quickly. Someone might just decide to volunteer you for
On Tuesday 09 April 2002 01:59 am, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> > Now what I think would be most sensible at the moment,
> > is to find out whether people are really interested in
> > such a journal/magazine. So, my proposal would be to
> > start a poll on The List, with the questions like:
> > - How badly do want a conlang journal/magazine?
> > - How do you see it contents?
> > - How often/much to you expect to contribute yourself?
> > It could be an occasion to ask the LaTeX thing as
> > well. Christophe, Maarten, what do you think?
> It's a job for Peter Clark! He is the poll organiser of the list! :))
Hmm. I must admit, the idea of a publication is rather appealing, but then,
I'm trained as a writer (although, as Mr. Rosta has pointed out, my spelling
sometimes needs...mechanical intervention). So I am sort of biased. Alas, I
have already deleted much of what was posted on this thread, because it got
caught on a rather unfortunate rabbit trail (guys, first you decide IF there
will be a journal, then you decide HOW you will typeset it).
My two denarii: the qualifications for an interesting journal for me would
be: (A) dissection of interesting natlangs (apart from the usual IE stuff,
unless it's discussing more unusual or interesting features like Celtic
mutation or Russian verbs of motion), and (B) professional descriptions of
morphological and syntactical systems (for instance, an examination of
mutation in other languages than the Celtic group or different case systems
from a wide selection on language families). Basically, I would be interested
in something that advertises itself as "steal this feature!"
My fear is that this would only last about two issues before the interest of
the group shifted to something else. (Ooo! Shiny!) This list has ~350
members, which is pretty slim pickings, if my rough estimate of beginners to
intermediates to experts (10:5:1) is anywhere near the mark.
Of course, if there was a "Cowan's Corner", it might be interesting
regardless of the rest of the content. :)
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