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.
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."
> Sorry, I agree on the binariness (is that a word? :) ) of fictionality, but
> I could help saying this :)) .
> Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.