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Re: McGuffey Readers and Their Editions...

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 11, 2005, 19:39
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From: Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>

> Pipian wrote: > > > After looking on the net for various copies of the McGuffey Readers > > digitized, and finding no less than three different versions of the > > first reader > > Thank you for this information. Now it makes clear the question > Pascal asked > about a different version he found on the web. It would be also > good to know > what version is the most popular among conlangers ;) At least, we > see the > verb "to mcguffey (a project)" added into conlangers' jargon -- > see it in > one of Paul Bennett's latest messages!
Heh. Like many around here, I verb nouns[*]. It didn't strike me that I was causing logogenesis. It's a good term, though, with reflection. The language in question is still without a name any less provisional than "My McGuffey Project", although the main text file containing my notes[**] is called "island lang.txt", for reasons best known only to the subsection of the collective consciousness that took control after I hit "Save As". Paul [*]I also get upset when others verb nouns in ways I find inappropriate, and alter the numeration settings of nouns (i.e. between count and mass -- "Our department uses a lot of process"). I suspect there are a set of optimality criteria that would be hard to describe. [**]I was specifically careful to create an orthography that could be typed without resorting to jiggery-pokery. That's probably a first, although I have made the Thagojian romanisation Latin-1 compliant, which is somewhat of a relief on my brain.