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artlang-blindness of linguists (was Re: [FWD: Artificial Descendants of Latin (New Book)])

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 9, 2003, 17:16

On Tue, 9 Dec 2003 04:33:50 -0500,
Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...> wrote:

> > [book on artificial descendants of Latin] > > Oh well, Wenedyk, Jovian and Carrajena were all started less than two years > ago, IIRC. Work in progress, you know. Whatever bits of Wenedyk he could > have retrieved from the Internet one year ago would definitely be wrong > now. > > But it is a pity that he even neglects Brithenig and Kerno, or any artlangs > for that matter. Well, it might have escaped his attention that some > constructed languages have been designed for artistic reasons only; the > list of languages discussed is certainly impressive and interesting, but > without exception all languages that appear in the book are auxlangs. A > missed chance.
Very true. This blindness towards artlangs is something I have noticed in numerous books whenever it comes to constructed languages. The mere existence of artlangs is usually completely ignored. One even finds definitions of the terms "artificial language" and "constructed language" that include the phrase "...for the purpose of international communication". Greetings, Jörg.


Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>