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Re: Calling all Conlangers!

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Monday, January 21, 2002, 7:16
From: "Philip Newton" <Philip.Newton@...>

> 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 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.)
I'm also thinking that by learning Latin it becomes easier to learn Romance languages, and to a lesser extent, Germanic, Celtic and even Baltic and Slavonic languages. (I learned a lot of Arabic while teaching myself Farsi years ago.) ~Danny~ _________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get your free address at