Not exactly conlangs, but...
|From:||Danny Wier <dawier@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 14, 2002, 5:59|
I'm coming out of hiding again, and I'm working on some ideas.
First of all, I'd like to design a type of musical language. I don't mean
Solresol or that tune from Close Encounters. I mean a notation/language type
specifically for music. This is tied to my own study and experiements with
non-Western tuning systems (or at least something that's not 12-tone equal
temperament). I've become very fascinated with the music theory of Turkey,
Iran and the Arab nations, which is theoretically based on a 53-tone scale
(Pythagorean, equal temperament, just intonation; they're all very similar
I found a type of "musical alphabet" in an alternative musical notation
system called Hamparsum, invented by an Armenian oudist during the Ottoman
Empire. It uses seven basic symbols, the "do-re-mi" notes, modified for
different octaves, with diacritics for sharped/raised notes and note length.
There's a website on it (in Turkish) at http://www.hamparsum.net. Now it's
really designed for a fourteen-note scale (the 12 notes of our chromatic
scale plus a slightly flatted E and B), and what I'm after is a 12-symbol
system with different diacritics or modifications for microtonal
This could be useful at least for me, since I get dyslexia reading musical
scores a lot.
Then there's a language -- actually just a vocabulary that's part of a
larger language project -- called Lughatullah "the language of God",
designed for religious/spiritual/philosophical purposes. Words will be taken
primarily from Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Greek, Latin, Avestan and Sanskrit,
giving it a very eclectic and ecumenical base.
Both are attempts at a type of "unified theory", specifically in music as
well as religion and philosophy, and ultimately, cultures. The attempt is to
come up with a system based on what is common in different belief systems
and worldviews. They are also subprojects related to the Tech project, the
conlang that will probably never be finished. The global vocabulary
experiments related to a possible auxlang codenamed "Pig" are implicated
here as well.
And these are also attempts to relate linguistic theory to other scientific
and artistic ideas.