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Re: imagining language(s)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Sunday, May 7, 2000, 6:11
At 7:14 pm -0400 6/5/00, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond Brown scripsit: > >> What scope for imaginary languages here :) > >And this from the fella who said he thought imaginary history was too >difficult.
It runs riot too easily for me. If I'm constructing an imaginary language I feel constrained to discipline myself so that it developes in consistent way following known phonological & morphological patterns. Most importantly, I guess, is that I find spending time on the minutiae of linguistic change interesting. But with imaginary history, I lack the same self-discipline; I run riot with the broad sweeps and don't have the patience to fill in the details. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================