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CHAT: Coming out of the conlang closet

From:Sylvia Sotomayor <kelen@...>
Date:Thursday, May 30, 2002, 22:55
Like most people on this list, I've only told a few highly select
personal friends about my secret vice. I certainly never told anyone
I work with.

So imagine my surprise when, the other day, the Marketing Manager for
the Chemistry list asked me about conlanging!

It wasn't entirely out of the blue, as he had asked me about my
academic background and I had mentioned Berkeley and linguistics, and
he had recently read Jared Diamond, and we got on the topic of
historical linguistics and the origin of language. And then he said
something along the lines of "Have you heard about this group of
people on the internet who make up languages for fun?" The tone was
one of curiosity and not derision, so I said, "Well, yes. I'm one of

He was very interested and we got to talking about these things. He
created a script when he was in college, but that was as far as he
ever got. He also played D&D back then.

All in all, a fun experience and not one I expected out of a
Marketing Manager who looks vaguely like a used car salesman.:-)


Sylvia Sotomayor

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