Re: Joseph Smith the Conlanger?
|From:||Ph. D. <phild@...>|
|Date:||Monday, March 14, 2005, 3:02|
James W. wrote:
I had read somewhere that the church was trying to reach out
to people in other countries to adopt Mormonism and move
to the area of the Great Salt Lake. They felt that non-Anglophones
would learn English easier if it was written phonemically, so the
Deseret alphabet was created.
> So perhaps you could say that Joseph Smith was a type of
> neologist, not a conlanger.:) Then there's the Deseret
> Alphabet "conscript" (see http://www.omniglot.com/writing/deseret.htm)
> that was short-lived during Brigham Young's time as leader
> of the church. It was meant to be a way to write English. As to
> WHY it was created... I don't know the answer to that one.