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.
> 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