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Re: Calling all Conlangers!

From:Adam Walker <dreamertwo@...>
Date:Sunday, January 20, 2002, 9:08
I believe that was d'Armond Spears' child.  He eventually gave up on the
experiment, but it *has* been done.  And could be done again, with more ease
since the corpus of available words has expanded since then.

As for literature, there are translations of Hamlet, Much Ado about Nothing
and at least one other Shakespearean play, parts of the Bible both (Old and
New Testaments, IIRC Psalms and Mark were finished), the Gilgamesh and
doubtless other works.  There is a periodical journal --jatmey -- which is
devoted to original works in Klingon.  There IS a body of literature.  It's
not huge, but it's growing.  And I have seen, firsthand, an entire room full
of people conversing, telling jokes and playing games like peghmu' and ro'
voDleH in tlhIngan Hol.

Now do I think it should qualify as a foreign language credit?  Hmmmm.  Not
so sure about that, but it does seem valid for some form of study, perhaps
under anthropology.

But one more point.  Since when does possession of a literature serve to
qualify what is or isn't a language?


>From: Tristan Alexander McLeay <anstouh@...> >Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> >To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU >Subject: Re: Calling all Conlangers! >Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 19:12:32 +1100 > >On Sat, 19 Jan 2002, Chris Palmer wrote: > > > It [Klingon] will never have native speakers and will never have a > > large body of native literature. > >Not true. There is an unfortunate child of two Star Trek fans who learnt >Klingon as a native language (with English at the same time). So that's at >least one. (Sorry, don't have a source at hand.) > >Tristan
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