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Re: How do diacronic conlangers work?

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 15:42

On Tue, 8 May 2007 21:38:29 +0200, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:

> It is good to learn that there are other ways, but this raises > two questions for me: > > - Is this way of working a result of any conscious decision, or > is it what comes spontaneously to you?
It is something of both. The first thing I did after deciding that my "Elvish" languages (the name "Albic" came later) would be independent from Tolkien's, was to sketch out the protolanguage. Later, I decided that 1) there would be a "classical" language distinct from the protolanguage; 2) some of the features I originally intended to have in the protolanguage would be innovations of the classical language instead; 3) the classical language, being attested in writing in my conworld, would be considerably better "known" than the protolanguage, which is not, but is (within the conworld) a reconstructed language, like PIE. So I split Proto-Q ("Q" was my provisional designation for the family, which originally was a shorthand for "Quendian" before I parted from Tolkien's languages) into Proto-Q and Classical Q, and concentrated on the latter. (Shortly after this event I came up with the family name "Albic".)
> - Have you ever changed, or been tempted to change, a higher > node > language to get or avoid some feature(s) in a lower node > language?
Yes, but not to a large degree. Most things I want, I could so far achieve without having to make such detours. ... brought to you by the Weeping Elf