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CONLANG Digest - 7 Sep 2000 to 8 Sep 2000 (#2000-245)

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Saturday, September 9, 2000, 13:20
> From: Robert Hailman <robert@...> > Subject: Re: CHAT: University Advice (was Re: A bit of advice) > > > > Excuse me for my ignorance, but what precisely is a "credit-hour"? I > > > have an idea, but I don't know the definition. > > > > A class that meets 3 times a week for 1 hour each is a 3-credit-hour
class; [gesnipfen]
> > > Okie dokie, I get it now. Oi! 22 is a lot, 26 is just eeeeevil.
Uyk! Normal class load at our school is 12-16 hours. I had to get approval (and pay extra) to get the 18 I have now.
> From: Jonathan Chang <Zhang2323@...> > Subject: Greenberg's universals for SVO languages & Caos Pidgin
> > etc. (in another words, the "universal" tendency of SVO languages - as > opposed to Mandarin and English - is to be right-branching, right/eh?)
English isn't SVO? It doesn't fit all those "universals", of course, but...
> From: Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...> > Subject: Re: CHAT: University Advice (was Re: A bit of advice) > > ObConLang: *education* in concultures/conlangs? Education in mine is > associated with the magistrates, who form the scholarly elite, in Qenar, > though the word for "knowledge" connotes more wisdom/enlightenment (in a > vaguely Zen-ish sense) than book-learning. Education in Qenar is a > privilege of the wealthy, and there "knowledge" connotes more > philosophy/ethics.
The closest thing to "education" that most ancient Hadwan speakers got...Everyone had to know how to write their own name. Most didn't elect to learn much beyond that, although some were motivated enough to learn the whole alphabet, and the well-off could afford tutors to teach them a little about everything. I don't know how it is in the present yet, but in future times Hadwan speakers attend regular (Americanesque) schools.
> From: "Thomas R. Wier" <artabanos@...> > Subject: Re: CHAT: University Advice (was Re: A bit of advice) > > > Also, your comparison of CB to Jeopardy!, while true, may be more of a > > representation of the easiness of Jeopardy! questions than to the > > difficulty of CB questions. > > I wouldn't be so sure of that. Here're some fairly representative
Now, I wonder if there have ever been Cuchulainn or Sibelius questions on Jeopardy!. My problem with most of those questions they have at College Bowl here is not knowing how to pronounce all them wacky foreign answers, having learned all this stuff only in 'boox'. Is <Cuchulainn> /"ku.kl=.eIn/ or what? Dictionaries can't help much either, 'cause I don't trust mine much after I see it tells me to pronounce <robot> as /"roU.b@t/ or /"ra.b@t/...
> > This whole idea of required history & such seems vaugely reminiscient of > > the required exams in Scientific Socialism in Soviet Universities. > > How so? History is a bedrock of people's perspective on the world and > provides an understanding of human nature. Democracy simply doesn't > work unless the voting population has some idea about the complexity of > the issues involved, and history helps provide that.
Voting population? Who's voting? ;) *Muke!