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Re: "Coming out" about conlanging to people in Academia [was Re:Caryatic]

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Sunday, July 22, 2001, 14:53
On 22 July, Sally Caves wrote:


>... my recent talk was at the >Medieval Institute, where it was received with >excitement and puzzlement. "But what's the point?" >asked someone. "Why do it?" "For creative >satisfaction?" I said. "For the love of syllable painting?"
Not having heard the intonation, nor seen the body-lang which accompanied that last question, I don't know how it was meant. However, IMHO it is a _very_ beautiful phrase! So much so that, with your permission, I'd like to borrow it (slightly changed) as a word to express "commonality between conlanging and poetry"! Thus, in rtemmu: rlortemkayamu rtem = minimal linguistic unit -lor- = infix relating to sound, thus: rlortem = phoneme -kaya = suffix indicating beauty -mu = suffix indicating "dynamic system", thus: -kayamu = dynamic system of beauty thus: r-lor-tem-kaya-mu = creating dynamic beauty with phonemes: conlanging or poetry or both! :-) Dan Sulani -------------------------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.