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Re: Tell your conlang story!

From:Dana Nutter <sasxsek@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 21:38
> 1) How did you get in to conlanging? What was your inspiration? > Tolkien...past that it just looked cool.
As with many others here, it started out with a general interest in languages then I ran across a small book called Eperanto For Beginners. I liked the idea of creating a language that had a simpler grammar and a vocabulary borrowed from multiple languages. Eventually I also started running across other languages like Ido and Interlingua. Looking at them I still like the concept of a "universal" language but each of these had some feature that appeared to be difficult so that led me to thinking up ways to come up with something simpler and possibly more diverse.
> 2) What is your purpose in creating languages? Is it a personal art, > an anthropological experiment, a pasttime...? > Personal art...and a fulfillment of my time.
This is mainly a hobby but it wouldn't hurt to see one of my creations find a community of speakers.
> 3) How have people reacted when you tell them about it? > Shredding my notes count?
It's not something that I really bring up outside of groups like this.
> 4) Did conlanging lead you places you never expected it to take you?
Yes, it leads me into many other areas and there is a lot of learning about different cultures along the way.
> On 2/27/06, Monica Byrne <monica.resources@...> wrote:
> > ... > > But I'm contacting you now because I'm a producer for North > Carolina Public > > Radio (check out our show: We're currently > > broadcasting in North Carolina only, but we're soon going > national. I would > > love to do a piece on conlanging, but our show is about > storytelling instead > > of analysis or exposition, so we're looking for a few good > stories about > > your experiences with conlanging.
> > contact me at, or (919) 445-9245. I'm > really looking forward > > to hearing from you!