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Re: Conlang Books - ASP & CL101

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Saturday, October 14, 2006, 17:02
Hi Donald, like seek out like.  Have you seen my online article "Audience,
Uglossia, and Conlang?  That was published in 2000 by M/C: A Journal of
Media and Culture.

I've been a conlanger since I was ten.  My book on Hildegard will be coming
out in which I put her work in context with a history of invented language
making.  This truly is a new fascination for people!  I'd be interested in
seeing your "Playing God" article so I can reference it. As for the Nancy
Pearl text: is this an anthology of essays about literary languages that you
have contributed to?

I suppose I'm a conlang evangelist as well, since I promote it whenever I
see it among my students! :)

Very interested to have found you.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald Boozer" <donaldboozer@...>
To: <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 10:44 AM
Subject: Re: Conlang Books - ASP & CL101

>I am very intrigued by your proposed conlang textbook. > I have been reading some of the comments on CONLANG, > Zompist, and the Conlang Wikibook. I might be > interested in writing the "Philosophy" essay depending > on deadlines, word counts, etc. > > As for my experience with conlanging: >> I've written two articles so far about conlanging > for "mainstream" journals: one in the official journal > of the (British) Institute of Linguists (not available > online, unfortunately. The website > has > it mentioned, "Playing God."); the other in Library > Journal (Sept. 15, '06), "Speaking in Tongues: > Literary Languages" at > > Another article is pending for the journal VOYA, a > library journal targetted at youth services > librarians. These have all addressed the why's and > how's and a short history of conlanging (from St. > Hildegarde to the present). > >> I've presented my "Imaginary Languages in Literature > & Movies (and How To Create Your Own)" program three > times now. Each time, the audience has enjoyed it and > everyone has created at least one complete grammatical > sentence in "their own language." Handouts used for > this are available for your inspection at > > If you're suggesting a sort of "Conlanging 101" for > the book, I would call my 90 minute workshops > "Conlanging Kindergarten." > >> My current conlanging projects, Umod and Elasin, are > also at the geocities address. They are still VERY > rough, first draft (i.e., in flux) languages. Be > gentle. > > I have imagined myself as a sort of "conlang > evangelist" (much like the "technology evangelists" of > the corporate world) spreading the good news of > conlanging to the masses. Everyone I tell about the > craft/hobby/obsession is intrigued. I may not be > building new conlangers, but spreading awareness of it > is a good first step. I believe your book would be a > way to reach a wider audience and would like to know > how I might help. > > > --- Sai Emrys <sai@...> wrote: > >> Hello again everyone. >> >> I'd like to tell you all that the conlang books >> project has gotten off >> to a good start. >> >> The essays book, named "Art, Science, & Philosophy >> of Language >> Creation" for now (ASP) needs authors. >> >> The target audience is people who have some >> knowledge of linguistics >> (at the level of the Constructive Linguistics 101 >> book), and some idea >> of what language creation is about. There will be an >> introductory >> essay to bootstrap others, e.g. linguists, >> novelists, >> philosophy-of-language people, etc. >> >> The idea is to have a coherent but diverse >> compilation book of essays >> (each are one chapter), all of which get to the same >> major point. >> >> Some suggestions for essays are below. You are of >> course welcome to >> add your own suggestions. >> >> * Philosophy >> o a short history of conlanging, ancient and modern >> o how conlanging can change your outlook on life, >> language, etc; why >> do it? what's the drive? > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around > >


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