The Forbidden Experiment
|From:||Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <ira@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 25, 1999, 20:44|
On Thu, 25 Nov 1999, Paul Bennett wrote:
> Ah, that's why our twins never did that (until all three of the
> kids started conlanging a few months ago); they've hardly been in a
> language-sparse situation :-) <<<<<<
> Wow! They're young, even for the age most of the list seem to have
> started. (ISTR the youngest two are five-ish?)
Four and a bit, actually. The eldest will be six in January, but we
often forget that she's still only five because she's in first grade
(advanced half a year) among the six- and seven-year-olds and it rubs
off a bit.
> Please tell us more! Is it "real" conlanging?
I think so. They sing elaborate songs, reproduceable (they remember
them for a day or so, and then forget them because they go on to do
other things and can't write them down yet) and tell us "that's a
song in my language". They make up words for things, not purely a
relex, but things like "coat and shoes" (as a unit), or "to have an
elephant" (and then "to have a large elephant" is a recognizably
Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay.
firstname.lastname@example.org (myself) - http://valdyas.conlang.org (Valdyas)