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Re: Relay using somebody else's conlang

From:The Keenans <makeenan@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 16, 2002, 22:32
William Annis wrote:
> > But I do feel that the languages I create are an artistic > expression of my own, and in that sense are mine. Breaking a > language's rules is all well and fine in beginners, but there is a > point when the language as a unified creation is compromised when too > much is bent out of shape.
Yes I understand this viewpoint exactly. It is the artists reaction to a buyer 'touching up' a masterpiece he just bought. My own effort in conlanging is not an artlang. I'm the kind of person who sets up a system and, then stands back to see what the system turns out and, to let things go and, grow by themselves. I like languages for the way they sound and, although I did not pick phonemes for beauty, that's why I designed Ok the way I did. It combines sounds to make its polysynthetic words. Sometimes they're really nice, sometimes they're ugly. I'm also a believer in the idea that a languages correct grammar is decided by its speakers. With respect to Vaior, one person even
> challenged me quite forcefully on the basis of phonological esthetics > for a new word's meaning. I thought it fit fine; he did not. He felt > my insistence on at least attempting to get the case endings right was > some sort of elitist Grammatical Tyranny.
Well, even *I* would say you have to be able to make yourself clear. There *are* limits. -Duke Keenan
> -- > William Annis - System Administrator - Biomedical Computing Group > "When men are inhuman, take care not to feel towards them as they do > towards other humans." Marcus Aurelius VII.65