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The Forbidden Experiment

From:Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <ira@...>
Date:Thursday, November 25, 1999, 20:44
On Thu, 25 Nov 1999, Paul Bennett wrote:

> Irina>>>>>>
> 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 cognate word). Irina -- Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself) - (Valdyas) (home)