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Re: Conlang fluency survey

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Sunday, January 20, 2008, 15:33
As others are joining in, I may as well .....   ;)

> == Part A: Personal and demographic data. == > > 01. a. What is your name (or online handle)? > b. May I quote you by name or handle in an article or talk about > conlang fluency?
> c. If not, may I quote you anonymously? > > 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?
> 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?
> c. How old were you when you first attained significant fluency > in (one of) your constructed language(s)?
Don't know - I recall I had some fluency in the many conlangs of my teens, now all lost. But most of them were Euroclones, so fluency wasn't too difficult :)
> 05. Are you male or female?
> 06. a. What is your nationality?
British (UK)
> b. Where do you live now?
Surrey, UK
> c. Where were your ancestors from?
I have a great grandfather who came from Pomerania (then part of Germany, now part of Poland) - otherwise AFAIK all from English stock.
> 07. What is/are your native language(s)?
> 08. What natural languages other than your native one(s) have you > studied?
As many as I've been able to in the last 59 years :) Europe: all major ones and many minor ones; Africa: Swahili, Hausa, Luo, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, Ancient Egyptian; Asia & Oceania: Hebrew, Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Tamil, Malay/Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, Samoan inter_alia; America: sadly only Quechua (maybe more someday).
> What degree of fluency have you attained in them?
Can read Latin, French, Spanish, Italian & Ancient Greek with reasonable fluency; have read German & Welsh, tho dictionary & grammar book is usually required. When I left school I had some spoken fluency in French, but haven't kept it up - but usually understand spoken French.
> 09. What constructed languages created by other people have you > studied? What degree of fluency have you attained in them?
Esperanto, Novial, Volapük, Interlingua, LSF, Speedwords inter_alia - can read Novial, Interlingua & LSF well enough. At one time (late teens) I was fluent at writing Speedwords.
> 10. What is your level of education? What is/was/will be your major > or specialization?
B.A. Combined Hons. in combined Latin & Greek; M.Litt. (research into Pre-Greek speech on Crete); M.Sc. (Computing).
> 11. What is (was/probably will be) your trade or profession?
Schoolteacher - and last 14 years of my working life, I was College lecturer in Computer Science.
> 12. Do you work part time? full time? Are you a student or retired?
> 13. a. What is your (approximate) income?
(Teacher's Pension + State Pension) - Tax.
> b. What was your family's approximate income when you were a > child?
Haven't a clue - father was self-employed electrical engineer & contractor; mother was housewife.
> 14. Are you single, married, divorced, widowed, remarried...?
Married (44.5 years)
> 15. a. What is your religion, if any?
Roman Catholic
> b. What was your religious upbringing, if any?
Middle to Low Anglican (definitely Protestant)
> 16. Are there other facts about yourself that you think might be > relevant?
> == 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)?
> 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?
{quote} To create a language: 1. which, when written alphabetically, can serve as an alphabetic shorthand* 2. which can, if desired, serve as an international auxiliary language (IAL) {/quote} For a fuller explanation of its 12 design principles, see
> 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?
> 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, > other...?
SVO - probably agglutinating and primarily accusative (I suspect ;)
> 21. a. How extensive or complete do you consider your conlang to be (in > grammar and vocabulary)?
Alas, far too incomplete. TAKE ('Greek without inflexions'), a conlang I have invested much less time in, is more complete as regards grammar & vocabulary; see:
> 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?
It needs considerably more development for that to be possible.
> 22. Does your conlang have features that might be expected to make it > especially difficult for speakers of your native language?
Not that I am aware of.
> 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?
Probably, when I began it - but that was long ago & I have no such intention now.
> b. If not, did you find yourself becoming fluent as an unexpected > result of developing and using it?
It would be nice if this proves to be so.
> 25. If you intend to become fluent in your conlang, what are your > goals or purposes for learning it?
> 26. What do you use (or intend to use) your conlang for? > a. Prayer? > b. Meditation? > c. Thinking? > d. Taking notes in the course of study? > e. Writing notes to yourself (grocery lists, etc.)? > f. Writing a diary? > g. Writing poetry or other literature? > h. Singing? > i. Writing the grammar or lexicon of the conlang itself? > j. Pretending in public that you are a native speaker > of your conlang? > k. Anything else?
N/A - essentially its creation is a mental exercise.
> 27. Can you write original text in your conlang, at least on some > subjects, without looking up words or grammatical structures?
> 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?
> 30. a. Do you find yourself thinking spontaneously in your conlang? > b. Are such thoughts often full sentences rather than single > words or short phrases?
N/A (but I do recall doing this with the Euroclones of my teens)
> c. Are they usually grammatical (as you intend your conlang to > work)?
My teenage thoughts would have been so.
> 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? > b. Did the speech or writing in your conlang from the dream turn out, > when remembered on waking, to be grammatical and/or meaningful?
AFAIK I don't dream - if I do, I forget them when I wake up!
> 33. Can you read aloud at conversational speed from text written in > your conlang?
> 34. Can you speak spontaneously in your conlang at conversational > speed? If native speakers of your conlang existed, could they > understand your pronunciation?
> 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?
> 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.
> 38. a. What methods have you used to study your conlang and improve your > fluency in it? > 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...?
In my head, with paper & pencil, on a computer.
> 40. Have you made significant changes in your conlang due to your > experience using it? In what way?
Nope - but significant changes have been made as a result of discussion on Conlang & other fora.
> 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?
> 44. Has your fluency in your conlang influenced the way you speak your > native language, or other languages you are fluent in?
> 45. Is there anything else you would like to add?
No. -- Ray ================================== ================================== Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitudinem.


Joseph Fatula <joefatula@...>