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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." - anonymous ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor