Re: Joseph Smith the Conlanger?
|From:||James W. <emindahken@...>|
|Date:||Monday, March 14, 2005, 14:10|
>>>> Andreas Johansson<andjo@...> 03/14/05 3:54 AM >>>
>Thanks to Philip, Doug, and James for answering!
>Quoting "James W." <emindahken@...>:
>> On Mar 13, 2005, at 11:18, Andreas Johansson wrote:
>> > In a recent online discussion, someone quoted a piece from the Book of
>> > Mormon
>> > that contained the word "delightsome". I jokingly asked if that's a
>> > word (it's
>> > listed in the AHD, but I don't think I had seen it before). In reply,
>> > I was
>> > told that Smith had probably invented it himself; at any rate he
>> > certainly
>> > invented a lot of English words when he wrote the Book of Mormon.
>> I can't think of any. It could be that since I was raised in the
>> religion in
>> question, I'm just used to the terminology. Like Philip, I can only
>> think of
>> words for coinage and animals (apart from people and places) that were
>I suspect, then, that the claim I heard was exaggerated, or simply false. The
>BoM isn't exactly written in contemporary English; maybe the claimer mistook
>archaisms for neologisms.
Well, in this case the script didn't catch on. It seems like, from the
it was created by committee, but again, that in itself, doesn't make it
a con- versus
regular script. In my opinion, the fact that it is not in use, makes it
a conscript. Of
course, IMO Hangul and Cherokee are conscripts also. They just have
millions of current users. :) So I agree with your assessment
from other conscripts.
>> Then there's the Deseret Alphabet "conscript" (see
that was short-lived during
>> Brigham Young's time as leader of the church. It was meant to be a way
>> write English. As to WHY it was created... I don't know the answer to
>> that one.
>Hm. What distinguishes a "conscript" from a plain regular script? The Cherokee
>syllabary, IIRC, was the work of one man. Hangul was done by committee. The
>only thing differentiating such from conscripts is that they've been used
>communicatively for natlangs.