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Re: Conlanging with constraints

From:Michael Poxon <mike@...>
Date:Saturday, February 16, 2008, 11:59
Oh yes, I think constraints are definitely creative. After all, every
real-world language has constraints of various kinds  -  no consonant
clusters in Hawaiian, no word-initial vk- in English, for example. And when
one comes to poetry, half the fun is exploring the restraints, and
occasionally for fun or effect straying outside them. I am thinking
especially of the Welsh strict metres such as Cynghanedd Sain (my
favourite). Omina poetry has several set patterns for poetry/song, typical
of the way culture is transmitted in a non-literate setting. The Auleri
have, and love, writing but don't use it "functionally" - it is simply an
art form.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sai Emrys" <sai@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2008 8:59 AM
Subject: Conlanging with constraints

I'm considering a topic for a talk at a future LCC, about conlanging
with constraints.
How have you experienced your conlanging as being influenced (for
better or for worse) by constraints imposed upon it, of whatever
source? What constraints do you have, and whence derived? Why have you
imposed them? What constraints have you considered trying?