Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: Ba'l-a-i-bal-an

From:Yahya Abdal-Aziz <yahya@...>
Date:Sunday, May 21, 2006, 15:14
Hi taliesin,

On Sat, 20 May 2006, taliesin the storyteller wrote:
> > * Yahya Abdal-Aziz said on 2006-05-20 09:08:31 +0200 > > Hi all, > > Having seen a brief mention of "Balaibalan", as the > > earliest written conlang, I thought I would investigate. > > > > Wikipedia was disappointing, at least in English, though > > the Norwegian version does have an article which I > > understand only imperfectly. Would some list member > > be able to translate this: and > > add the result to ? > > I've started a page at > > > > feel free to chip in. I'll translate as well as I can then move/copy it > to a new page. > > > t., whose L1 is Norwegian
Thanks! I've made a small edit on the talk page, changed the "Biblithèque nationale de France" reference to point to the existing wikipedia page, and after examining your user page, have discovered this: Very informative! And so was your page - I won't be joining your food cult, tho ;-) Next time I want a wikipedia page translated, I'll make use of the information on the Babel page. Uncertain as to the best transliteration of "Sheikh Mohyeddin" to find the man intended. A classical Arabist would possibly write "Shaikh Mohyuddin". Do we have any real foundation for the conjecture that the Ba'l-a-i-bal-an language was created specifically to be the vehicle of a new divine relevation? I don't know the position of 16th Cent. Persians or Arabs on the proposition that "Arabic is the language of God", tho I've certainly heard this from some in the 20th Cent. (*this* century I've stopped listening to those people). Of course, the Qur'an itself declares that "We have revealed this in a clear Arabic", as we might say today "we're putting this in plain English"; it's my feeling that a "revelation" would be pretty useless were it not in plain speech (which doesn't rule out poetry). Regards, Yahya PS - Just read your message on getting your Masters degree - Congratulations! YA -- No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Free Edition. Version: 7.1.392 / Virus Database: 268.6.0/341 - Release Date: 16/5/06