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Re: Let Me Introduce Myself

From:Vasiliy Chernov <bc_@...>
Date:Tuesday, September 18, 2001, 19:17
On Mon, 17 Sep 2001 19:12:47 -0700, Peter Ramsey
<p.r.ramsey@...> wrote:

Hello, Peter, and welcome!

>I am a white American male, aged 59. I am married and have three children, >aged 11, 13, and 17. I have a life-long fascination with language, and I am >a volunteer ESL teacher. I am a college graduate with a specialty in plant >pathology, but for most of my life I have worked in construction, chiefly
>a carpenter. I am retired now.
So, greetings from a Russian male, expectably white, 41, divorced, 3 children, entomologist who's almost never worked as such... :)
>My conlang, Vash, began first as a secret alphabet when I was 16 or 17
Any relation to 'Yours'?
>Many times I though about >going back and changing these to make them more recondite and linguistical, >but for interests of continuity I never did so.
Wisely, IMHO. I hate to reform mine. OTOH, I invent new ones instead. Thus I have dozens of projects that haven't advanced beyond phonetics and elementary morphology. Each in two or three paper sheets ;)
>Vash strongly reflects the >two natural languages I know well, Russian and Spanish, as well as the
>languages I have studied.
This makes me really curious about details :)
>Still, Vash has, over the years, come to exist >strongly on its own terms. I am fairly fluent in Vash. For those things >about which I talk to myself regularly, I can say them right away in Vash. >Nonetheless, my lexicon is far from complete. I translate regularly to >discover and fill the gaps, and I talk to myself aloud to ensure that what
>have imagined is pronounceable.
I can only envy :(
>I never met another person who had made up a language, nor very many who >really believed that I had done so. It is a pleasure, therefore, to
>this list.
It wasn't until I have frequented this list for a while that I was able to talk about conlanging to some friends offline... Basilius


Peter Ramsey <p.r.ramsey@...>