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Re: CHAT: Hello

From:Tom Tadfor Little <tom@...>
Date:Thursday, April 26, 2001, 21:11
>Welcome to the list, Tom.
Thanks David.
>I think you'll find many of us on this list have been influenced by JRRT. >Although I started creating languages in my mid-teens (1950's), I didn't >discover Tolkien until the mid 60's.
Come to think of it, I may have done some language invention before reading Tolkien, as I got a Latin grammar in 5th grade (two years before finding Tolkien) and was fascinated by the whole idea of inflected languages.
>I also seem to share a similar sense of >phonetic aesthetics with Tolkien (I often call this my "cellar door" >syndrome).
Me too, and this is a real curse. As in any creative enterprise, it is important to follow one's own esthetic--but what if that drives you inexorably into imitation?! This may be one of the reasons for my many unfinished projects. Languages that deliberately depart from Tolkien's esthetic, although I enjoy them for awhile, often just don't claim much hold on me over the long run. Cheers, Tom ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tom Tadfor Little Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA) Telperion Productions ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~