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Re: Tell your conlang story!

Date:Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 15:09
Carsten: All American stations have a 3 or 4 letter station ID with
the FCC (the guys that run our networks and censor our stuff.  I have
a certain name for them, but I'm not sure if cursing is allowed on the
list.).  If it's east of the Mississipi River, the first letter is a
W, if it's west it's a K.  It's in the FCC requirements to announce
this like every ten minutes, so most stations do.

On 2/28/06, Carsten Becker <carbeck@...> wrote:
> From: Monica Byrne > Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 10:53 PM > > > 1) How did you=get in to conlanging? What was your > > inspiration? > > First of all, I think the reason language has some meaning > to me is that my mother studied English and French and my > dad also was good at English in school. OK, that was way > *before* I was born, but when I was an infant, my parents > sometimes talked in English or French instead of German when I > shouldn't hear things. I may well say this annoyed me > quite a bit. However, I remember myself asking what > this-and-that word meant and so I learnt to read before > school. Still nothing special. What I do consider a little > bit special, though, is that when I was only six years old > or so, I often asked just for fun where some word comes > from. My dad said "get yourself a dictionary" then. Very > informative. In primary school it was not the case that I > was better in German than in Maths or so, frankly, I didn't > like learning grammar. *Properly* learning to read and write > in first grade wasn't a very big problem for me. But I > absolutely did not understand why the heck to learn about > grammar when you can already speak your native language. My > not-understanding went on until the 8th grade or so, after > that, I simply learnt the stuff and didn't mutter anymore > although I didn't like it. You know, my teacher in 5th and > 6th grade dealt *extensively* with German and English > grammar, more than with creative tasks or other more fun > stuff than learning about grammar ... So, although I have > never liked to *learn* grammar, I eventually understood and > kept what I've learnt in mind. > > So far for my first experiences with language learning. > > As many have already said, I as well have been fascinated by > Tolkien's work and the detail that he laid into his > languages. So while browsing the web and searching for > information on Quenya, I found Helge Fauskanger's > "Ardalambion" and got from there somehow to Zompist's. I > gave the LCK a try and made my first conlang when I was 16. > I don't like this lang anymore today because it's too much > like German, but since that flee bit me, I never got rid of > it and thus I'm working at my third project now for over two > years. Having been reading this list (it'll be already 3 > years in summer!!) has helped me a lot regarding learning > bits about Linguistics every now and then -- and it was also > good for my English ;-) > > > 2) What is your pu=pose in creating languages? Is it a > > personal art, an anthropological exper=ment, a pasttime > > ...? > > It is all of that. I have worked on conlangs (in bits of my > passtime, every now and then) in order to find out how stuff > works. I'm not so much interested in conworlding and > conculturing, so the anthropological aspect plays a less > important role for me. But it is not unimportant. I would > consider the process of language construction as some kind > of art because you basically do the same things as an artist > does -- that is, deciding on what to do and how to realize > it, you only use sounds and research in grammar instead of a > canvas, brushes and colours or a musical instrument, paper > and harmony theory. > > > 3) How have people reacted when you tell them about it? > > As the others already have said, some said I were nuts and a > geek, some said it's cool and others were indifferent. In my > opinion, everyone has some kind of weird obsession. In my > case, it's conlanging. The fact that conlanging is thought > to be geeky is maybe just because it's rare and -- excuse my > self-praise -- mostly it's people having an intellectual > background doing it (remember that both my parents have studied > at university) ... it's the whole academic, boring, socially > unable book-worm guy cliché that makes our kind of art geeky > I guess although what is connected with this cliché isn't > *necessarily* true. > > > 4) D=d conlanging lead you places you never expected it > > to take you? > > Not yet. Visiting Cologne to meet some guys from the ZBB > (another language-related forum) does fit to that question > in a way. I've visited Cologne several times before, though. > Other than that, well, I'm looking forward to start an > apprenticeship in the publishing house business in August, > when I'm finished with school. So it's something at least > remotely language-related -- I'll be in the book-selling > business, and it was partly an interest in language and > books that got me there I guess. > > > If you have any stories for me in these veins, please let > > me k=ow! You can contact me at mbyrne@wunc.o=g, or (919) > > 445-9245. I'm really looking forward to hearing from you! > > I can't get your station into my radio because I'm about > 3,000 miles away from the US. So if the show on conlangs > is broadcasted, could you please tell when (in terms of > GMT-X)? There's still streaming after all :-) > > Happy broadcasting, > Carsten Becker (Germany) > > ObOT: Why is it that seemingly all American stations have > names like _ABCD_? >


Larry Sulky <larrysulky@...>
Monica Byrne <monica.resources@...>
Adam Walker <carrajena@...>