Re: This is not a conlang.
|From:||Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, November 24, 2004, 18:40|
>I once knew a man (he was actually a minister) who said that although
>he *did* speak in tongues, the idea of it didn't appeal to him,
>because he was a logical sort of person to whom speaking in tongues
>didn't make much sense as a concept. For this reason, he had actually
>prayed more than once that God would *take away* the gift that he
>didn't want, and every time he prayed this, he found that instead of
>being removed altogether, the "language" of his tongues would be
>replaced by a different "language" with a completely different
I guess I can relate to that :S
I worship at the sort of church that does the whole "speaking in tongues"
thing. There's a whole bunch of things that bother *me* about it, and I do
One of the things that bothers me on the way some people "speak in tongues"
is the way it seems to be just a jumble of the same 3-5 syllables over and
over again. "Glossolalia baby talk" is how I sometimes think of it :)!
Usage-wise in my church, there are two different "kinds" of speaking in
tongues. There's the general stuff where a variety of people spontaneously
erupt in a tongue, as an expression of deep worship to God. This sort of
matches your "nonsense syllables dedicated to God as a kind of art form", I
Then there's the form of speaking where one speaker brings a message in a
tongue, and someone else translates.
It bothers my logical mind, but I can put up with it. Lots of things don't
make a whole lot of sense to me sometimes.
Subjectively speaking, as one who speaks in tongues *and* is able to
generate random gibberish, I find that the "feel" of it is quite
different. I can almost always tell when I'm speaking a tongue and when
I'm just making it up. The phonology is not always all that different
(though it sometimes is), but the feel most definitely is.
On a lighter note, one of the other things that bothers me about the
whole "tongues" thing is how you never hear anyone make an error and
correct themself ;)!!