|From:||Samuel Rivier <samuelriv@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, January 6, 2002, 0:02|
Yes, you're right, Swift was not a conlanger; that's
what makes it so interesting.
He set down some basic guidelines for the language
just to give the reader mental image, but wouldn't it
be cool if we could actually 'speak' houynymn
And I mentioned complexion because linguistic roots
are often linked to racial roots. Because every world
was in the Pacific area, the inhabitants could be
descendents of Orientals (forgive the terminology if
its offensive- my vocab isnt that good), suggesting a
Sino, Japanese, Korean, etc linguistic group. If they
are more Southeast Asian in complexion, they'll
probably be related to those languages. And for the
giant people of Brobdingnag, adjacent to the Americas,
if they resembled Native Americans in appearance, they
could have an Inuit- type language.
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