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Re: Conlanging with constraints

From:Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...>
Date:Monday, February 18, 2008, 23:51
--- MorphemeAddict@WMCONNECT.COM wrote:

> In a message dated 2/16/2008 23:54:49 PM Central > Standard Time, > ollock@GMAIL.COM writes: > > > > But (at least) one freedom I wouldn't have with a > human languages: Kesatans > > can change the color of their skin at will (which > could be used to > > compensate for the lack of hand-shape > distinctions). > > Changing skin color as a language medium is explored > in "The color of > distance" by Amy Thomson, and also in its sequel > "Through alien eyes". The aliens > communicate by creating graphic images (essentially > writing) by changing the > color of their skin. > > stevo </HTML> >
My first conlang Lauranthea (now abandoned) was spoken by a race of more-or-less humanoids whose skin changed colour involuntarily to match their emotional state. I could have developed this more than I did, but one of the language features was that they made no distinction between colour descriptives and emotive descriptions: you really could feel blue (though IIRC that was curiosity). Geoff ===== Lost in thought - please send out search party __________________________________________________________ Sent from Yahoo! Mail - a smarter inbox