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Re: NPR interview

From:Irina Rempt <ira@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 8, 2001, 16:40
On Wed, 8 Aug 2001, And Rosta wrote:

> How about this as an analogy: > Conlanging is like inventing an extremely elaborate and fascinating > game that nobody will ever play.
Doesn't work for me, I'm afraid. I work on Valdyan on the premise that it *is* spoken, by about four million people. The fact that every one of them is fictional, and all but a few of them exist only in my mind (some of them exist in others' minds as well by virtue of having been played as role-playing characters) doesn't change that premise. Without that premise, the structure wouldn't hold; it would be a completely arbitrary and artificial thing, a construct rather than something organic, and I would lose interest in it because I'd have to *make* it rather than *discovering* it. Irina -- Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself)