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Re: CHAT: Hello

From:SuomenkieliMaa <suomenkieli@...>
Date:Monday, April 30, 2001, 11:29
--- The Gray Wizard <dbell@...> wrote:
> > From: Tom Tadfor Little > > Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2001 1:48 AM > > To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU > > Subject: hello > > > > > > Hello all. > > > > I'm a newcomer here. I was delighted to come > across this list, as > > I've been > > playing at language creation since I first read > Tolkien 25+ years ago. I > > start lots of them, but seem to always get > diverted before I really flesh > > anything out. > > Welcome to the list, Tom. > > 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. Of course when > I did, I was excited to > discover that in my pursuit of this strange > enterprise I was in such good > company. His elvish languages have been a > consistent influence on my > conlanging work ever since. My major conlang, amman > iar, shows significant > lexical influences from JRRT's elvish tongues as > explained by an early > concultural contact between its speakers and some > Dunedain sailors escaping > the destruction of Numenor. I also seem to share a > similar sense of > phonetic aesthetics with Tolkien (I often call this > my "cellar door" > syndrome). > > > I'm currently working on an imaginary world with a > small number > > of distinct > > racial/linguistic/cultural traditions that > eventually merge and > > synthesize. > > I'm hoping it can be some sort of meaningful > mythologization of our own > > eclectic times. > > > > For this project, I need linguistic traditions > that are distinctive, but > > not so wildly different from each other to hamper > sharing of concepts and > > vocabulary. > > Sounds interesting. I had an early interest in > diachronic analysis and once > envisioned a whole family of languages descended > from a single > protolanguage. The plan was to distribute to each > language a set of > interesting linguistic parameters that would drive > the development of that > language from the protolanguage along diverging > pathways. I was young and > had no idea what a massive undertaking I had set for > myself. Many years > later, only amman iar has any real depth to it. > > > I'm just now starting out on characterizing > Iltârer (apologies to Mac > > users), the eldest of the language families > involved. I envision it as > > phonologically elegant and syntactically > sophisticated in its capacity to > > support subtle philosophical and esthetic > expression. Today I wrote a > > modest program to generated Iltârer root words, > and I have some of the > > grammar established. > > I look forward to hearing more of Iltârer. Please > share as much as you can > with us. > > David > > David E. Bell > The Gray Wizard > > > Wisdom begins in wonder.
Hi Tom, David, I'm new to the list too, but have already got ample greeting from many! In fact, today is the 4th day since I last checked my email, I have over 300 here awaiting me. It puts a damper to my replying, and especially if one of my personal contacts are trying to contact me, but I guess I'll enjoy reading 1-by-1 the discussions here. Tom, you may be surprised by other things I have already learned. What I mean is that, the other day when I made my debut, I mentioned my conlang Vya:a:h (which will be partially based off Finnish with Polish c.clusters & Hangul/Khmer/Kana-esque writing system), I soon got a reply from the creator of Uusisuom - which is also a conlang partially based from Finnish. To my surprise indeed! Matt __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Auctions - buy the things you want at great prices