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Re: Memberlang Pages

From:Padraic Brown <pbrown@...>
Date:Sunday, January 17, 1999, 18:53
On Sun, 17 Jan 1999, Jason Hooper wrote:

> wrote in a private email: > > > > I though maybe it would be neat to have one text that every one would > > translate into their languages. That way it would give us all a better > > comparison. If we had room we could still have a second sample that would > > reflect more the culture of the language itself. > > I like this idea. It would be a better way to show not which > languages are better than others but how they translate the > same text in their own way. Would we use text already available, > like from Shakespeare or from the Bible? Or should we here on > CONLANG make our own?
Most of us (or certainly many) have done/are doing/shall do the Babel text. I know there's a site somewhere that hosts various conlang efforts; but by no means all. Others have done the paternoster; and there have been any number of "How do yall say this in your langs?" posts. I did one of these here last Spring (the train ticket situation) and got 10 or 12 responses (a few in multiple registers of the same lang), which I've kept.
> I'll be thinking of this when browsing > the web, in case I come across something fitting this purpose.
Please do! I'm sure most of us like to show off a bit and flex our translatory muscles as well. Padraic.
> > -jrh >