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Re: Accidental Conlanging

From:Michael H. <narivek@...>
Date:Friday, January 24, 2003, 23:40
J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...> wrote:

> - haunt many bookstores hunting for linguistics books and foreign >language dictionaries
My local library doesn't seem to have any grammar books...but my uncle sent me an English Syntax!
> - scribble notes on languages - natlang and conlang - at strange >times of the day and night and even while in the bathtub or sitting on the >toilet
Ah, yes ... that's why I carry blank paper around in my pocket. As a matter of fact, I started my language a year ago on January 30 in my Algebra class after seeing Tolkien's Quenya. I recently wrote an explanation of a new relational I put into my language during Spanish class.
> - have memorized the _entire_ IPA and at least one ASCII >representation thereof
No, not yet ...
> - talk in your own conlang(s) as well as try to read aloud other's >conlangs
My interjection indicating disappointment is "aich" (use Sindarin pronounciation). It means nothing, but I've had a person ask if I was speaking Hebrew. I also walk around experimenting with different sounds that I'm considering for my language, or just to find weird sounds...
> - find yourself automatically attempting to translate advertisement >slogans and magazine headlines into conlangs while waiting in doctors' >offices or waiting for a bus, etc.
I've translated things for fun ... I translated the Book of Mormon verse 2 Nephi 25:26 for my mother's Christmas present and wrote it in my language's calligraphy. I also translated "Silent Night"'s first verse: Ter-kan, kuvare-kan, Vetu hrae-tee. Vetu ree-tee. Etc.
> - constantly/consistently websurfing for linguistic and >conlinguistic >materials ("I'm goin' surfin', I'm goin' surfin'... Hang Binary, Dude!... >DiGiBuNGaaAAA!!!)
People ask if I use the computer - I answer I searched the Internet for Old English Grammar lately. ~Michael H.