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Re: another newbie

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Monday, November 25, 2002, 8:31
 --- Christophe Grandsire skrzypszy:

> > I'm another newbie.
Welcome! (Jeff was right, I went to bed early last night)
> > My interest veers more towards modifying languages > > languages rather than constructing them from scratch. > > They are called "A posteriori" languages. Brithenig, Hattic (it's a language > based on Indo-European, right Jan?), my Narbonósc and so many others are > examples of that.
Yes, Hattic is based on Indo-European, and it's not the only one! But I'm not sure if this is what David had in mind. After all, a language based on Indo-European or Latin is not exactly what I would call "a modified language".
> > I call them what > > if... languages in the sense of what would happen or have happened if > > certain changes to the languages happen in the future,or had or hadn't > > happened in the past, for example an English that hadn't lost most of > > its inflexions and had kept grammatical gender or an English without > > Norse, Norman, French, Latin influence, but instead had kept the > > original Anglo-Saxon vocabulary but had still undergone the sound > > changes modern English went through (such as gws)
Most Romance conlangs can be considered "what-if languages". Christophe gave some examples. My Wenedyk is another one: what would Polish have looked like if it were a Romance language?
> Well, you'll see that here a posteriori languages are quite common, and quite > liked :)) .
Yes! Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts