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Re: Conlang labels (wasR: Futurese, Chinese, Hz of NatLangs, etc.)

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 15, 2002, 7:58
On Wed, 15 May 2002 07:58, Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> En réponse à Tim May <butsuri@...>: > > I've decided, now, that the reason I dislike this triangle is that > > fictionality is more or less a binary quality. A language can be > > fictional and also practical or abstract, perhaps, but it can't really > > be "somewhat fictional" - you've either defined fictional speakers or > > not. > > What about a conlang which is designed to be used in a fiction as a non- > successful IAL that is not even spoken by its author? ;)))) >
Dang, now that's a cool idea for a novel. Novelang, the all-new, all-singing, all-dancing International Auxiliary Language that replicates the boom and bust cycle of Volspuk, and ends with the inventor disavowing it after - or not. Either way, it winds up much like the a prior "philosophical" languages much loved of Western Europe, much in demand for study by fascinated/obsessed language fans/philologists, and totally ignored by everybody else. Wesley Parish
> Sorry, I agree on the binariness (is that a word? :) ) of fictionality, but > I could help saying this :)) . > > Christophe. > > > > Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.
-- Mau e ki, "He aha to mea nui?" You ask, "What is the most important thing?" Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata." I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."