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Linguistic knowledge and conlanging (was Explaining linguistic...)

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Friday, July 23, 2004, 16:08
Here's my goofy take on linguistic terms and

I have no formal linguistic training and I'd just as
soon keep it that way.  To my warped way of thinking
it's more interesting to build a conlang knowing
nothing about how languages are built.  After all,
every natlang in existence, past and present, was
initially created by people who didn't know the first
thing about linguistics.

Linguistics is NOT the study of how to build a
language, but is, rather, the study of how to describe
languages taht spontanesouly came into existence and
evolved in the absence of any planning or design.

That's how I like to build my conlangs; just forging
ahead blindly, without plan or design, to create
something that can only be described with lingusitic
terms AFTER it has reached a certain level of

The best conlangs are the result of the same kind of
linguistic chaos and anarchy that forged all the
natlnags.  IMHO. :)