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From:Donald Boozer <donaldboozer@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 18, 2005, 15:09
It was been quite some time since I posted to the
listserv. I wanted to let the group know I recently
presented a program on conlangs at a library
conference and it went well. It was marketed as a
presentation for young adult librarians, but I made a
point of stating that adults also enjoy conlanging.
The presentation was 1 hour long, covered topics like
the definition of conlang, types (auxlang, loglang,
artlang), popularity, "stars" (Tolkien and Okrand),
and teaching some Elvish and Klingon phrases. I also
had the participants create their own "languages" on
the spot, after dividing them into Elves, Gnomes,
Barbarians, and Dragons. They enjoyed themselves
immensely, thought it would make a great teen program
at their libraries, and I've also submitted an article
to a Young Adult Services publication on the topic.
For those interested, I have posted the handouts and
exercises I used at my Geocities site. Remember, the
exercises were designed for people with NO prior
knowledge of our "secret vice."
I'm doing my part to spread the word about conlanging.
There's a chance I'll get to do the program again
sometime, so any feedback is welcome.

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David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>