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Hierarchy of Topicality WAS: RE: A plea

From:The Gray Wizard <dbell@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 13, 2000, 20:05
> From: H. S. Teoh > > On Wed, Sep 13, 2000 at 12:07:10PM -0400, Vasiliy Chernov wrote: > [snip] > > > Also, I'd propose a Hierarchy of Topicality, of three levels: > > > > 1) Conlanging > > 2) Natlangs and general linguistics > > 3) The rest > > > > (indeed, subject to amending by everybody) > > Hmm... about conculturing? I know it properly belongs to the conculture > list, but sometimes conlanging and conculturing are quite tightly > intertwined. I propose we include conculturing with (1) as long as it is > still related to conlanging.
I would prefer if conculturing were kept as a separate category. Just MHO. David David E. Bell The Gray Wizard "'Yes, I think I shall express the accusative case by a prefix!' A memorable remark! Just consider the splendour of the words! 'I shall express the accusative case.' Magnificent! Not 'it is expressed' nor even the more shambling 'it is sometimes expressed', nor the grim 'you must learn how it is expressed'. What a pondering of alternatives within one's choice before the final decision in favour of the daring and unusual prefix, so personal, so attractive; the final solution of some element in a design that had hitherto proved refractory. Here were no base considerations of the 'practical', the easiest for the 'modern mind', or for the million – only a question of taste, a satisfaction of a personal pleasure, a private sense of fitness." (from The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays - A Secret Vice, by J.R.R. Tolkien [Houghton Mifflin Company 1984])