CHAT: Synesthesia and conlanging (was Re: The ConlangInstinct)
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 2, 1999, 23:58|
"Grandsire, C.A." wrote:
> (hence the fact that most monolingual people are
> unable to imagine people thinking in another language than their own)
I remember wondering, when I was a young child, about what it must be
like to think in another language, or, more to the point, what it must
be like for English to be a foreign language. I knew that people who
speak other langs think in those, but it seemed weird nevertheless.
Speaking of which, for you non-native speakers of English, what was your
original impression of English before learning it? Did you find it
beautiful or ugly, and what gave it that impression?
> whereas we see language simply as a mean to express our thoughts, or
> even as a piece of art, and so we have the right to create our own piece
> of art or mean of expressing our thoughts (well, it's more complicated
> than that, but I simplify for summary).
I think that's a fair summary.
"Old linguists never die - they just come to voiceless stops." -
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