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Re: Conlang fluency survey

From:Reilly Schlaier <schlaier@...>
Date:Saturday, January 26, 2008, 5:54
== Part A: Personal and demographic data.  ==

01. a. What is your name (or online handle)?
reilly schlaier
    b. May I quote you by name or handle in an article or talk about
    conlang fluency?

02. a. What is your preferred email address (if not the address you
    are sending the survey response from)?
    b. May I contact you with follow-up questions?
yes but i probably wont answer cause i never check it

03. Do you have a website relating to your constructed language(s)?
    If so, what is its URL?

04. a. How old are you?
    b. How old were you when you first started creating languages?
13 or 14
    c. How old were you when you first attained significant fluency
        in (one of) your constructed language(s)?

05. Are you male or female?

06. a. What is your nationality?
american (for some reason this seems really funny right now)
    b. Where do you live now?
    c. Where were your ancestors from?
germany / ireland

07. What is/are your native language(s)?

08. What natural languages other than your native one(s) have you
    studied?  What degree of fluency have you attained in them?
german french icelandic welsh japanese
very little

09. What constructed languages created by other people have you
    studied?  What degree of fluency have you attained in them?
thrjotrunn (too lazy to do it right)
no fluency at all

10. What is your level of education?  What is/was/will be your major
    or specialization?
some college and linguistic anthropology

11. What is (was/probably will be) your trade or profession?
hamburger flipper / delivry boy

12. Do you work part time? full time?  Are you a student or retired?
student / part time

13. a. What is your (approximate) income?
~10,000 prolly less
    b. What was your family's approximate income when you were a

14. Are you single, married, divorced, widowed, remarried...?
commited relationship

15. a. What is your religion, if any?
    b. What was your religious upbringing, if any?
agnostic but both parents were catholic

16. Are there other facts about yourself that you think might be
i play music and i think i heard that it might be related to conlanging

== Part B: The nature of your conlang. ==

If you have devised more than one conlang, please focus in these
questions on those you are most (nearly) fluent in.

17. What is the name of your primary conlang (the one you have
    invested the most effort in or are most fluent in)?
not fluent

18. What are the basic purpose(s) and design goals of your conlang?  Is
    it associated with an imagined world or culture?  If so, are the
    speakers human?
conworld with humans

19. Is your conlang a priori (devised from scratch) or a posteriori
    (based on a specific natural language or language family), or a mix
    of a priori and a posteriori elements?
posteriori mostly with a little priori

20. Describe the typology of your conlang - what is its primary word
    order (SVO, SOV, VSO...; pre- or postpositional; etc.)?  Is it
    isolating, agglutinating, fusional, polysynthetic?  Is its case or
    word order system primarily accusative, ergative, active,
accusative but it used to be ergative

21. a. How extensive or complete do you consider your conlang to be (in
    grammar and vocabulary)?
not very but better than any of my previous ones
    b. If you are not yet fluent in it, do you consider the language
    complete enough for fluency to be attainable, or would it need
    considerably more development for that to be possible?
i suppose it could work but it would definately need more vocab

22. Does your conlang have features that might be expected to make it
    especially difficult for speakers of your native language?
lots and lots of vowels

23. Does your conlang have possibly unnatural features that might be
    expected to make fluency difficult or impossible for humans?

== Part C: Fluency in your conlang. ==

24. a. Do you intend to become fluent in your conlang, or did you when
    you started creating it?
    b. If not, did you find yourself becoming fluent as an unexpected
    result of developing and using it?
not yet but getting more towards it
its better than my french unfortunately

25. If you intend to become fluent in your conlang, what are your
    goals or purposes for learning it?
the confusion of others lol

26. What do you use (or intend to use) your conlang for?
    g. Writing poetry or other literature?
    h. Singing?
making music ish
    j. Pretending in public that you are a native speaker
        of your conlang?

27. Can you write original text in your conlang, at least on some
    subjects, without looking up words or grammatical structures?
basics only

28. Can you compose well-formed sentences in your conlang about as
    fast as you can handwrite or type?

29. Can you read text you wrote some time ago in your conlang without
    looking up words in the lexicon or pausing to consciously parse or
    translate it?
some yes

30. a. Do you find yourself thinking spontaneously in your conlang?
oddly yes
b. Are such thoughts often full sentences rather than single
    words or short phrases?
little bit o both
    c. Are they usually grammatical (as you intend your conlang to

31. a. Can you think in your conlang, without deliberately constructing
    sentences word by word?
 b. Are such thoughts usually grammatical (as you intend your
    conlang to work)?

32. a. Have you ever dreamed in your conlang?
no but i have dreamed bout people who spoke it
b. Did the speech or writing in your conlang from the dream turn out,
    when remembered on waking, to be grammatical and/or meaningful?
what i could remember it was

33. Can you read aloud at conversational speed from text written in
    your conlang?
no because of pronunciation

34. Can you speak spontaneously in your conlang at conversational
    speed?  If native speakers of your conlang existed, could they
    understand your pronunciation?
yes and no

35. If you have recorded speech in your conlang, have you been able to
    understand it in real time when played back a considerable time
    after you spoke and recorded it?

36. If you are fluent in your conlang only when speaking or writing
    about certain subjects, what are those subjects?
basics hello goodbye ect.

37. Have you found anyone willing to learn your conlang and speak it
    with you, or correspond with you in it?  If so, please describe
    the experience.
sadly no one i have ever met has been interested

38. a. What methods have you used to study your conlang and improve your
    fluency in it?
rote and just conlanging
    b. Which have you found most effective?

39. How do you do most of the primary work on your conlang?  In your
    head, writing stuff down later if at all, or on paper with
    pencil/pen, or with a voice recording/playback system, or at a
    computer, or...?
computer + pencil and paper + head

40. Have you made significant changes in your conlang due to your
    experience using it?  In what way?

41. Has your more or less fluent use of the language changed its
    phonology, grammar or semantics in ways you did not consciously
    intend?  Have you, for instance, changed the description of the
    language's grammar based on the way you've noticed that you
    actually use it, or changed a word's lexicon entry when you
    realized you were using it in a different sense than the way you
    originally defined it?

42. Has your developing fluency in your conlang slowed down its rate
    of change?  Have you refrained from making changes in the language
    that you would otherwise make because they would require
    re-learning words or structures you already use fluently?

43. Has your handwriting in your conlang changed as you became more
    fluent in it?  In what way?
no ive always been good at writing it

44. Has your fluency in your conlang influenced the way you speak your
    native language, or other languages you are fluent in?
no but the research behind it has
like using archaic forms of words or just unused ones like "wherefore"

45. Is there anything else you would like to add?