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Re: promiscuity & fidelity (was: Re: The philosophical language fallacy (was Re: Evanescence of information (was Re: Going NOMAIL: Honeymoon))

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 21:52
On 7/8/08, And Rosta <and.rosta@...> wrote:

> Have any of the surveys of conlangers conducted on this list over the years > looked at the quantity and longevity of our conlangs? Among us, there are
> And > perhaps there are (tho I can't think of an example) fickle monogamists, who > work on one language at a time but do sometimes abandon one language for > another-- ah yes, Matt Pearson would be an example.
Since I first encountered Quenya and Noldorin in 1989, I've created about 20 conlangs; the vast majority of which I worked on for less than a year (many for less than a month) before abandoning them. Since 1998 when I started working on gjâ-zym-byn, though, I've never gone more than six months without doing some development work on it, and in the last 4-5 years, probably never gone more than two months without *using* the language; though during that time I've created nine other conlangs, two of them tolerably well developed and the other seven mere sketches. So I reckon by your classification I would be a fickle monagamist. -- Jim Henry Conlang fluency survey -- there's still time to participate before I analyze the results and write the article