Greenlee's book, DECal, and other professional pursuits; WAS: "I have an idea..."
|From:||Sally Caves <scaves@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, June 3, 2001, 16:21|
----- Original Message -----
From: David Peterson <DigitalScream@...>
Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 10:19 PM
Subject: Re: I have an idea! (Good this time)
> The Conlang Book, Sally, is the book that M. Greenlee's (I don't know
> your first name! :( ) been putting together, where we all send samples ofour
> languages to him and he said that he'd have a book together with samplesof
> all of our languages by late August. People have been sending things tohim
> over the list for months. I myself have four of five of my languages in
> there. You didn't hear about this?
No. I've been "no-mail" since last fall. Do you have M. Greenlee's
email address? Mia Soderquist and I and a few others have posted, but
I'm not sure Greenlee caught those.
> As for my project (if you missed my first e-mail),
That posting was a mistake! Forgive me! I did indeed see your
first email, and then didn't connect it with your other post!
I came up with the
> idea of teaching a DECal class not this coming semester, but Spring 2002(I
> assume they had DECal classes when you were at Cal?).
I don't know what this is. I attended graduate school at Berkeley from
1982, and got my doctorate in medieval English literature. Is this some
special course? What does the D.E.C. stand for? Decal. Clever.
What I wanted was
> articles on linguistics, conlanging, and (later) some language samples for
> the course reader. So far I have Irina's three articles. So, that's what
> I'm up to. :)
I'd be glad to send you something. I published an on-line article on
CONLANGing and "audience" for the Australian electronic journal
_MC: A Journal on Media and Culture_. I could send you that as well.
Or you could just download it. It appeared in March of last year and it's
It represents work I'm doing on a larger scale. ("Sally Caves"
is my _nom de plume_; here I publish under my "other" name.)
By the way, Matt Pearson taught a very successful class at Wisconsin, I
where he introduced students to "conlanging" through a clever approach to
teaching language typology: teach them typology by inviting them to make
up a joint language. They had to choose ahead of time, I think through
spinning a dial, what basic features the language would have (would it be
VO, OV; would it be nominative, ergative, active, or a trigger language?)
then follow the "rules" that some linguists have noted about such language
You could probably get him to describe this better than I can. But I too
thought of teaching a course on invented and inventing languages, one that
would bridge English and Linguistics at my university.
Good luck with this! It sounds great!