Re: has anyone made a real conlang
|Date:||Sunday, April 27, 2003, 8:41|
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Nowicki" <andrew@...>
Sent: Saturday, April 26, 2003 10:53 PM
Subject: Re: has anyone made a real conlang
> Markus Miekk-oja wrote:
> MM> I suspect the reason you'd be unable to distinguish
> MM> a computer-made language from a man-made, is that
> MM> you don't enjoy quirkiness, you don't enjoy
> MM> irregularities, so you don't search them out.
> MM> Is this true? It is in the irregularities you can
> MM> find the marks of human hands.
> I believe that diversity is the essence of good music
> and good art. Diversity has nothing to do with randomness.
> Randomness can be described by a simple mathematical
> formula, and therefore lacks complexity which is the
> foundation of true diversity.
> Phonemic diversity is a desirable feature of a language
> because it helps distinguish the words. Other forms of
> linguistic diversity (irregularities) may not be desirable,
> because they make the language difficult to learn.
But surely randomness is the root of diversity? Random mutations in genes
caused the diversity of life that there is today. Unless you're a
creationist, then that in itself proves your point instantly wrong.
Randomness combined with favourable conditions causes diversity.