Conlang dates (was: Correction, I hope, of M/C URL)
|From:||DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, March 19, 2000, 23:52|
From: "Herman Miller"
> As long as you're listing dates: Olaetyan was started sometime around 1979
> or maybe even 1978. The earliest known dated text is from 1980.
Géarthnuns, too, was born back in 1978 when I was a precocious 15-year-old.
While the project has grown and become, dare I say it, more sophisticated
over the years, the core grammar of the language has remained basically the
same, and a modern speaker of Géarthnuns should be able to read any extant
texts of the earlier language with relative ease (will have to troll the old
homestead up in New Hampshire this summer to see if any old documents,
handwritten, still exist). To wit, declensional endings are the same today
as they were twenty-odd years ago; the verbal system has grown and expanded,
but all the basic premises and structures remain. I'm currently committing
the lexicon to the computer so a rough word count looms on the horizon, but
I suspect the vocabulary has grown at least tenfold since the early days.
Géarthnuns speakers had always been consigned to some vague island somewhere
which only dropped anchor last year as the roles of Géarthnuns as a personal
and fictional language have conflated. The island and its people have yet to
be named (hence the heretofore clunky moniker "Géarthnuns speakers") but a
mountain range and some place names have been identified. And so the saga