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Re: Tell your conlang story!

From:Remi Villatel <maxilys@...>
Date:Thursday, March 2, 2006, 23:00
Monica Byrne wrote:

> 1) How did you get in to conlanging? What was your inspiration?
When I was around 15, I was writing a diary. I sketched a conlang which was a mix of English and French. I never used it but the wirus was in me. The disease took ten years to appear when I wrote a Science-Fiction novel. As a big SF reader, I'm used to read alien gibberish in books. I wanted to do the same except that gibberish wasn't enough for me. The novel has never been published but I'm still working on the conlang.
> 2) What is your purpose in creating languages? Is it a personal art, an > anthropological experiment, a pasttime...?
A little bit of everything. I think it's an art: To find one's unique way to express oneself is what artists do. Sometimes I use it as a pasttime. With conculturing, it becomes something as serious as a psychological, anthropological, scientific experiment. That's crazy the number of different domains you must study to build a coherent word. In my case, it goes from astrophysics to genetics, with a great deal of linguistics in the middle of course.
> 3) How have people reacted when you tell them about it?
I'd say that the most common reaction is a lack of reaction. Amongst conlangers, conlanging is totally normal and for the others who usually think I'm weird, any increase in my weirdness doesn't trigger any special reaction. </cynical> ;-)
> 4) Did conlanging lead you places you never expected it to take you?
Not yet. -- ================== Remi Villatel ==================