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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.
Yes. 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 obvious. Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts