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Re: Women conlangers of yrs past

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Sunday, April 23, 2000, 7:09
At 11:08 am -0400 22/4/00, Jonathan Chang wrote:
>In a message dated 2000/04/22 06:27:28 AM, Ray Brown wrote: > >>The fact that one >>has to research harder to find women conlangers of the past is IMHO far >>more to do with the econmomic position of women in society than anything >>else. > > Ada, a high level computer programming language, is named after Ada, >Countess of Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron,
[etc snipped] I'm well aware of this. But, however brilliant a programmer she was, she was _not_ a conlanger. She is, of course, one of many outstanding examples of a woman who has/had "an intellect, a rational, analytic, and logical understanding" - masculine traits according to Yaguello. Oh yes, there were outstanding women of the past; but you have to look harder to find conlangers among them than you have to look among men. Yaguello singularly failed to make the effort, it seems. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================