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Are conlangs fictional? - Brian Aldiss

From:M. Å. <moriquende@...>
Date:Friday, March 22, 2002, 21:33
>From: Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...> >In a recurrent thread on the Elfling mailing list, people have argued >whether Tolkien's languages are fictional in the sense that, say, the story >of the Silmarillion is fictional. > >My opinion is that they're obviously not, whereas others have argued >eloquently and at length that they are. What's the consensus on Conlang?
On the subject, how about Brian Aldiss, the author of Helliconia books? Does anyone know, whether his languages are fictional or fictional? ;) That is, did he ever actually make languages, or was he just describing something that existed just for the characters of the story? When I first time read the Helliconia Summer, I wanted desperately to learn Sibish, but was sure that it didn't exist in real world. _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at


Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>