THEORY: Language tech & conlang survival
|From:||Sai Emrys <saizai@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, January 19, 2005, 4:10|
Again, a leading quote (inspiration, not argument):
"Now, having read a number of your other posts and essays and etc., I
get the idea that you're not so much interested in designing language
as you are designing language-related technology (e.g., writing
systems, media that are usable in all situations, encryption, etc.).
That's all well and good."
- on another forum, re. me
I think this is probably accurate. It leads me to another question, in fact.
How do you make a (con)language survive and catch on? What are the factors?
One thing I suspect is that one way to do it would be to introduce
modular bits of "language tech" into natural languages. E.g., create a
evidential construction for English, start using it, and let it
propogate by meme. Likewise for any other useful construction that is
capable of fitting in the existing structure.