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From:Steven Williams <feurieaux@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 17:43
> 1) How did you get in to conlanging? What was your > inspiration?
Well, I was studying German, when I encountered the accusative/dative prepositions, and thought about how cool that was, and how alien it felt to me at the time. I started imagining other distinctions that could be made, and it was only a small leap from that to actually _making_ something like that. My first conlang was a hopeless ripoff of German, Icelandic and Danish. I still have a great love for the Germanic languages, since I'm now studying German at the university level, with the intent of getting my master's or doctorate one day in linguistics.
> 2) What is your purpose in creating languages? Is it > a personal art, an anthropological experiment, a > pasttime...?
All three, actually. The 'beauty' of my conlangs is a peculiar one of its own, and it's very important to me that my languages 'sound nice' on the surface, but are also 'beautiful' at the deep level; i.e., I'm always trying to think of an even _more_ elegant way to express a basic concept. I also use conlangs to illustrate linguistic principles for myself. I figured out tripartite case systems almost completely on my own through that, and was shocked to discover that it's fairly common among certain language families. And conlanging is the number one eater-up of my free time. In fact, I've often had to quit for a few weeks, because it'd start encroaching on my work and studies. I'm beginning to do it all in my head anyways, so time and resources is becoming a moot point. :)
> 3) How have people reacted when you tell them about > it?
I've told very few about it, but not out of shyness, but rather, out of my perceiving no real interest on the part of my friends and coworkers. But those who ask, are told. They all know I'm utterly passionate about linguistics, and they all know I'm a hopeless eccentric, and I just leave it at that. If I _do_ tell them (and I don't tell it to very many people), either they look at me funny, or just pin it up as yet another one of my weird pasttimes. My sister thinks it's cool, at least. I'm pretty close to showing my linguistics professor my notes on my most recent conlang, which has large elements inspired by Hebrew --- he taught Hebrew once or twice in his career, and he's very fond of throwing Hebrew data at us in exercises (which I, of course, delight at, but everyone else cringes).
> 4) Did conlanging lead you places you never expected > it to take you?
I was gonna be a doctor, but I decided that happiness was more important than wealth. I think I'll teach ESL when I graduate, since conlanging has given me a great love for my own native language. It's also led me into cryptography and a host of other linguistics-related sciences. Since I'm still in college, we'll just see where all this leads me... ___________________________________________________________ Telefonate ohne weitere Kosten vom PC zum PC:


Aaron Morse <artlangs@...>How did you get into conlanging