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Re: Tell your conlang story!

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 28, 2006, 21:08
I don't think I have much of a story, but since others may be interested
too, here goes anyway.

>1) How did you get in to conlanging? What was your inspiration?
I've known about Volapük and Esperanto since about forever (OK, since I was 6, I think.) LotR I first read at the age of 12, and found the appendix on languages somewhat nifty. It seemed like awfully lot of work, however. I thought getting any end results would have to take decades, and that only linguistics professors with lots of free time would thus even attempt any such project. On 9th grade I nevertheless developed an "alternative alphabet" - essentially a kitchen sink phonology. I used it to emulate a fictional "foreign accent", but not much more. I still refined it slowly whenever I happened upon pieces of linguistic information. I finally decided to attempt to develop it into a complete language after an online frend of mine mentioned about one and a half years ago that he was constructing language himself (for a sci-fi novel series). Discovering zompist's LCK by chance a little earlier definitely also supported this decision. So I started to seek out resources, and eventually ended up here. I could say that I wasn't really "inspired" into conlanging - it's been a slow and gradual evolution.
>2) What is your purpose in creating languages? Is it a personal art, an >anthropological experiment, a pasttime...?
My attraction is primarily two-fold; on one hand, there's the artlang dimension - the beauty of shapes and structures of language; an on the other, the personaloglang dimension - the ability to define my own semantic and grammatical structures if I find those I know insufficient to express what I want to. I sometimes feel it's pretty difficult to combine these two aspects, however.
>3) How have people reacted when you tell them about it?
My mother once commented along the lines of "You know, that's not really going to help you with communication with other people". The rest of my family and IRL frends haven't really said anything.
>4) Did conlanging lead you places you never expected it to take you?
Nowhere yet. But still, I've only been at this for about twenty months so far, even if it doesn't really feel like such a short time. (Then again, 11 of those months I spent in the military...) John Vertical