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From:Aaron Grahn <aaron@...>
Date:Sunday, June 20, 2004, 17:53
As far as I've seen, your posts have been informative and informed, and
provide useful information. To me, a constructed or simulated language
requires a basis in linguistics in order to be realistic, or even to
work at all. That's why my current language/proto language is not very
realistic :) : I don't know very much about language; but I'm fascinated
to learn (my current projects are learning Anglo Saxon and further
developing my own language family).

I personally think it would be a mistake for this forum to alienate one
who is knowledgeable of natural language and linguistics, since these
fields contain our sources for inspiration. The way I look at it is, if
I am proven wrong about something I believe, I gain, because I then know
something that is right instead of falsely believing something that is
wrong. Andreas is right, sources may be questioned, but I would try and
avoid doing so, unless I had read the source in question, or its claim
obviously conflicted with something I knew from elsewhere (which could
potentially be specious, in which case the fact will come out and I will
know something new).

Someone who has studied languages and linguistics is in the best
position to prove me wrong on any mistaken assertion I may make, and
that is the reason I'm here in the first place. All this won't stop me
presenting the best arguments for my beliefs that I can, but I hope I
never feel like I will "lose face" if I am incorrect. After all, it's
not like my freedom is at stake in a discussion of linguistics. :)

-Aaron Grahn

Mark P. Line wrote:

>Andreas Johansson said: > > >>Quoting "Mark P. Line" <mark@...>: >> >> >> >>>Thomas R. Wier said: >>> >>> >>>>From: "Mark P. Line" <mark@...> >>>> >>>> >>>>>I don't think we have any evidence that Rotokas has ever been >>>>> >>>>> >>>analyzed >>> >>> >>>>>with so many syllables. Seeing the number '350' in a single >>>>> >>>>> >>>*secondary* >>> >>> >>>>>source is not a good data point when we can find in a primary source >>>>>that >>>>>Rotokas has 11 phonemes and that its syllable structure is only (C)V. >>>>> >>>>> >>>>I'm jumping in here, and don't much of anything about Rotokas, but >>>>how can it have a (C)V syllable structure when the name of the >>>>language itself has a coda? Is there some constraint allowing word >>>>final codas but not word internal ones? >>>> >>>> >>>I must have been mistaken about Rotokas being (C)V. >>> >>>Clearly, those who don't know much of anything about Rotokas are in the >>>majority here, so I'm outvoted hands-down. >>> >>> >>I'm quite convinced that Mr Wier was asking a honest question. >> >> > >So you're saying that, knowing not much of anything about a language, it >makes perfect sense to question primary sources on the basis of a single >form for which you have no particular reason to believe (due to the >widespread occurrence of external language names) that that single form is >even native to the language in question. > >Where I come from, that's not how linguistics is practiced. But we all >know that I come from a different planet. :) > >Me, I would have started from the assumption that the primary source >giving us (C)V syllable structure is probably correct (not knowing any >different), and asked if anybody knows where the name 'Rotokas' comes >from, since it's clearly not well-formed phonotactically in Rotokas >(according to that primary source). > >It's one thing to be disbelieved when there's no source in play. What >astounds me is that I am so often disbelieved (usually by the same handful >of people) even when there *is* a source and all I'm doing is repeating >what it says. Something of a gunslinger mentality, I reckon: youngsters >trying to see who's quicker at the draw than the aging, retired gunslinger >who's really just in town to visit the saloon. You could say that the >aging gunslinger brought this upon himself by the choices he's made, and >you'd be right. New choices are in order, then. > >Clearly I've failed to inspire much professional trust from some people >here, but that's okay. This list is recreational, and otherwise vacuous. I >just need to remember to treat it that way. > >I have my own forum for Empirical Linguistics, so I'll be using that in >future for discussion of (not purely theoretical) linguistics and natlang >issues. I'll take purely theoretical discussions to my forum on >Neurocognitive Linguistics, because any such discussion will have to be >related to that paradigm somehow or I won't be very interested. Most of my >work in functional-typological linguistics is empirical, not theoretical, >so that stuff can be found on the Empirical Linguistics forum. Ontological >discussions in the functional-typological vein are landing at the >Semiotics of Complex Systems (SoCS) website. I'll take my part of any >further discussion of Wittgenstein to the SoCS site. > >This list is about conlangs, so now there'll be less intrusion of >linguistics, philosophy and natlang stuff, at least from me. > >Sorry to have been so obviously disruptive to the game as it is played >here. I just can't get the hang of the rules. > > >-- Mark > > > > >