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

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Saturday, May 20, 2006, 17:09
Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> taliesin the storyteller skrev: > >> * 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.
Great - interesting stuff. I have been thinking recently that our tripartite division of conlangs into artlangs, auxlangs & engelangs does not really cater for things like Bala-i-balan or Hildegard's 'Lingua Ignota' - languages of cult or worship. Probably the ceremonial language Damin should be considered in the same category. I would guess that cultic and/or ceremonial conlangs were the most common type before westerners began constructing 'philosophical' languages as auxlangs in the 17th century. What would one call such conlangs? 'esolangs' <-- eso(teric) lang(uage)s???
>> t., whose L1 is Norwegian >> > > It should be pointed out that the Norwegian article > differs in some aspects from how I remember Bausani's > account. I have forever misplaced the copy of the > German translation I had access to, but if someone > fluent in Italian is interested I do have a photocopy > of the Italian version somewhere. I could try to dig > it up, scan it and send it.
Yes please - tho I cannot, alas, speak Italian fluently, I can at least read it fairly fluently. -- Ray ================================== ================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760


Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>