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CHAT: facing your own mortality (as a conlanger)

From:Rick Harrison <rick@...>
Date:Friday, June 27, 2008, 0:39
Tuesday night I fell into a pond and nearly drowned. Since it was warm
stagnant water, there is a remote chance that I may have been infected
by Naegleria fowleri amoeba; if so, I could be dead within a couple of

Obviously that's a personal problem of no importance to anyone else,
but it brings to mind the question of preparing for death as a
conlanger, because the human body is very vulnerable and you never
know when your number will come up in the lottery.

If you have a personal language that you've never revealed to
anyone else, for example: would you want to write a description of
the language ahead of time, and make arrangements to have it
published after passing away? How would you make such arrangements?

If you have web pages that you want to stay online after you can
no longer pay the hosting bill, what options are available? The
Wayback Machine at doesn't catch everything and it might
not be around forever.

The conlangers of ancient times published their ideas in books,
which has preserved them to some degree, although some of the old
books are scarce collectors' items, unavailable from libraries and
never webified.

Is it arrogant to want some of your ideas to live on after you die?


Amanda Babcock Furrow <langs@...>
Edgard Bikelis <bikelis@...>
Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>
Rik Roots <rik@...>
Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Carsten Becker <carbeck@...>
Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>