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Re: Calling all Conlangers!

From:David Starner <starner@...>
Date:Monday, January 21, 2002, 2:47
On Sun, Jan 20, 2002 at 09:15:10PM -0500, John Cowan wrote:
> Now the second consideration can hardly apply to any conlang, > art- or aux-, and the first can apply only to a tiny minority. > There is no doubt E-o poetry that one must study E-o to understand, > and if one learns Sindarin, there are a dozen or so works of > JRRTs that become open to one. But neither of these are to be > compared to what one gains access to by learning Apache or > Navajo or Hixkaryana.
Why? Navajo and Apache speakers have been writing in their tongue for a century, the same length of time as Esperanto speakers. The literature of over a million people, self-selected for their interest in language, can surely be compared to that a quarter million (50 thousand for the Apache) people. -- David Starner -, dvdeug/ (Jabber) Pointless website: When the aliens come, when the deathrays hum, when the bombers bomb, we'll still be freakin' friends. - "Freakin' Friends"