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Our Beholders (was Aesthetics)

From:Leo Moser <via_acadon@...>
Date:Saturday, October 20, 2007, 17:13
 --- On Fri 10/19, =?iso-8859-1?q?J=F6rg_Rhiemeier?= &lt; joerg_rhiemeier@WEB.DE &gt; wrote:

From: =?iso-8859-1?q?J=F6rg_Rhiemeier?= [mailto: joerg_rhiemeier@WEB.DE]To:
CONLANG@listserv.brown.eduDate: Fri, 19 Oct 2007 23:13:52 +0200Subject: Re:
AestheticsHallo!On Thu, 18 Oct 2007 20:54:46 +0100, R A Brown wrote:&gt; Edgard
Bikelis wrote:&gt; [...]&gt; &gt; Maybe aesthetics are just for vain tongues :
).&gt; &gt; Some would hold that all conlanging is vain.Some hold that all
conlanging except auxlanging is vain. However,I'd say that auxlanging is the
vainest kind of conlanging - it iscertainly more vain to aspire to create
something that the wholeworld will use on a daily base, than to create
something just forthe fun of it! Add to this that the race is practically
alreadyrun, and English is the winner.&gt; I know well that there are some
conlangs in which aesthetics do play a&gt; part. They are, I guess, mainly
artlangs. Indeed, there is IMO no reason&gt; why aesthetics shouldn't play a
part. I'm sure they played a large part&gt; in Tolkien's Quenya.Sure. Quenya
made entirely to fit the personal taste of itscreator. Many, if not most artlangs
are that way. However,aesthetics sometimes play a role in other kinds of
conlangs as well.Many auxlangers try to make their languages beautiful because
theyfeel that a beautiful language will find it easier to be adoptedby millions
of people than an ugly one. Of course, beauty lies inthe eye of the beholder
Yes, but we often have some idea who the beholders
are (or may be) for our projects.
Regards, Leo J. Moser

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