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Re: Calling all Conlangers!

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Monday, January 21, 2002, 6:29
On 20 Jan 02, at 21:15, John Cowan wrote:

> Why study natlangs, other than for severely practical reasons, > after all? (Why study Latin nowadays, e.g., when it can > neither help you buy cattle in Rome nor get you into the > civil service?) For two reasons, I believe: to gain access > to a literature, and to learn something about a people, > specifically about the way they saw themselves and their environment.
Because they make you do it at school? Because you want to find out that "there's more than one way to say things"? (For example, an English speaker learning a language such as Russian or German to understand cases better, or Basque to understand ergativity.) Cheers, Philip -- Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>


Danny Wier <dawier@...>