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?