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writin' on paper (wasRe: Has anyone made a real conlang?)

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Monday, April 28, 2003, 1:22
en mem0 2003:04:27 09:17:23 g0zen Dan (dnsulani@ZAHAV.NET.IL) graeffii:

>There is something about the feel of wood and graphite, >something about using the rubber eraser, something about >all the different types of paper --- the weights, the textures, >the smells, the sounds the different types of paper make as they >are handled. The sounds of the different types of leads as >they make their way over the paper --- or cardboard or >other writing surface! ( BTW, I also like chalk! >I love the different types of sound that different types of >chalk [or chalky rocks] make on different writing surfaces!)
That is not surprising... Reminds me of my father saying that one of the chief things (other than scholarship and persecution) that Chinese and Jews hold in common is the love of actually writing. Incidentally, composer Tan Dun (_Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon_) has been doing experimental music pieces with clay, rocks and paper. IIRC the pieces with paper include the amplified sounds of paper being written on or ink-brushed. As of yet, I do not think he has recorded any of these pieces so far (other than some sections of _Ghost Opera_ with Kronos Quartet and pipa-player Wu Man). Another Chinese composer Dajuin Yao has done a piece titled "Writing of sounds of writing" * listed sound sources: "firecrackers and sounds of writing: writing on a laptop computer, writing on paper, taking calligraphy rubbings from 2000-year-old steles, discussions on writing, etc." (one of the discussions on writing is in German) * on his CD release _Cinnabar Red Drizzle_ ( text in both Chinese and English --- Hanuman Zhang, Sloth-Style Gungfu Typist ;) & lingua-mang(a)leer "the sloth is a chinese poet upsidedown" --- Jack Kerouac {1922-69} "The sum of human wisdom is not contained in any one language, and no single language is capable of expressing all forms and degrees of human comprehension." - Ezra Pound "One thing foreigners, computers, and poets have in common is that they make unexpected linguistic associations." --- Jasia Reichardt "There is no reason for the poet to be limited to words, and in fact the poet is most poetic when inventing languages. Hence the concept of the poet as 'language designer'." --- O. B. Hardison, Jr. "La poésie date d' aujour d'hui." (Poetry dates from today) "La poésie est en jeu." (Poetry is in play) --- Blaise Cendrars --- Hanuman Zhang, MangaLanger Language[s] change[s]: vowels shift, phonologies crash-&-burn, grammars leak, morpho-syntactics implode, lexico-semantics mutate, lexicons explode, orthographies reform, typographies blip-&-beep, slang flashes, stylistics warp... linguistic (R)evolutions mark each-&-every quantum leap... "Some Languages Are Crushed to Powder but Rise Again as New Ones" - title of a chapter on pidgins and creoles, John McWhorter, _The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language_ = ! gw3rra leg0set kaka! ! riis3rva, saIlva, riikuu, sk0pa-g0mii aen riizijkl0! = (Fight Linguistic Waste! Save, Salvage, Recover, Scavenge and Recycle!)


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