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Re: Tell your conlang story!

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 0:11
I don't know that I could help you, living in New Zealand, but this is what I
can tell you.

Quoting Monica Byrne <monica.resources@...>:

> Hi everyone! > > I'm a former subscriber to the conlanging email list. I loved it, but I > couldn't keep up with the emails, so I've gone Nomail for awhile. > > 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. > > Here are a few questions to get you thinking: > > 1) How did you get in to conlanging? What was your inspiration?
I came across a book called "Loom of Language" in High School and was fascinated by the thought of people putting languages together. Then I read Tolkien and was intrigued by the Elvish and other languages he based his stories on. I only started conlanging after picking up "Elementa Latina" in my final year in Secondary Education and discovering that learning languages was more a case of applying oneself than of sitting in a class-room being bored.
> > 2) What is your purpose in creating languages? Is it a personal art, an > anthropological experiment, a pasttime...?
It's a story-telling aid. To create a credible SF world, you need to create credible names - and calling some alien "Tom" let alone "Dick" or "Harry" just doesn't cut the mustard. Calling a particularly nasty GE/Med human "Vheratsho" and defining that name as meaning "Unquiet Spirit/Demoness" works.
>From that aspect it could be viewed as an anthropological experiment. > > 3) How have people reacted when you tell them about it?
I tend not to. Apart from its role in my stories, it has no connection to the outside world.
> > 4) Did conlanging lead you places you never expected it to take you?
Hardly. Wesley Parish
> > > If you have any stories for me in these veins, please let me know! You
You can find some of the stories I wrote: "The Sacrament of the Sharing of Prey" at and "Piru-Etyaute Meets the Vheratsho" at and "Dust in the Wind" at The names and words that are not English are either Yhe Vala Lakha, the language of the Free, of the Lakhabrech; Li' Anyerra-Tarah, the coastal language of the Rakhebuityan; and Nu Aves Khara-Ansha, the language of the Sacred Hunt. Share and Enjoy!
> can > contact me at, or (919) 445-9245. I'm really looking > forward > to hearing from you! > > Best, > Monica Byrne > > - - - - - > Monica Byrne > The Story with Dick Gordon > WUNC-FM > 120 Friday Center Drive > Chapel Hill, NC 27517 > Work (7am-1pm): (919) 445-9245 >
"Sharpened hands are happy hands. "Brim the tinfall with mirthful bands" - A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge "I me. Shape middled me. I would come out into hot!" I from the spicy that day was overcasked mockingly - it's a symbol of the other horizon. - emacs : meta x dissociated-press