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conlang/natlang coincidences

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 18, 2003, 10:20
 --- James Worlton skrzypszy:

> This got me wondering about how we all approach the specific creation of > words in conlangs, and how closely we try to relate them (or not!) to > natlangs. Obviously, for languages like Wenedyk and others the similarities > are conscious. But for others, like Orêlynna (my current conlang), I wonder > how consciously we try to *avoid* any forms that resemble natlangs.
Well, in the case of a posteriori languages like Wenedyk, it is not only the similarity that is fun; it is rather the interplay between similarity and dissimilarity that makes it exciting (at least to me). I think this is the case for most a posteriori languages - except the IALs. Wenedyk is perhaps not the best example, because here it is rather similarity to two completely different things that play a role here. But in my conlangs Hattic and Askaic, derived straightly from Proto-Indo-European (through a common proto-language) it is evident: something vaguely familiar, and yet completely different. That's what I am trying to achieve, at least. Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones ________________________________________________________________________ Want to chat instantly with your online friends? Get the FREE Yahoo! Messenger


John Leland <leland@...>