Re: Conlanging as art (was: New Survey etc.)
|From:||Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, January 6, 2003, 10:47|
--- John Cowan skrzypszy:
> > Though, thinking more about it ... I suppose it's very similar
> > to any art :-m There are both a rational part and an inspirational part
> > involved. So maybe I have to agree with you, after all this r:-)
> Indeed. Sculpture and even more so architecture require rational
> consideration also: sculptures (and even more so buildings) that
> destroy themselves when constructed are not considered good artworks.
... unless the destruction was meant to happen in a particularly interesting or
beautiful way. But in that case the destruction process would be the art, not
the building itself.
> Likewise, if you are writing a song, you must consider the limitations
> of the human voice or other instrument, and this is a rational
> consideration altogether.
And there is another thing that conlanging and other forms of art have in
common: the possibility of developing your own style in it. I have noticed a
striking similarity between my music (its "taste", or "colour") and my
languages. I don't know if someone else would feel the same, but for me it is
"Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones
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