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Greenlee's book, DECal, and other professional pursuits; WAS: "I have an idea..."

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Sunday, June 3, 2001, 16:21
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From: David Peterson <DigitalScream@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
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 of
> languages to him and he said that he'd have a book together with samples
> all of our languages by late August. People have been sending things to
> 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
> assume they had DECal classes when you were at Cal?).
I don't know what this is. I attended graduate school at Berkeley from 1976- 1982, and got my doctorate in medieval English literature. Is this some kind of 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 archived at: 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 think, 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?) and then follow the "rules" that some linguists have noted about such language types. You could probably get him to describe this better than I can. But I too have 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! Sally Caves