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Diglossia (was Re: New to the List, too)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Friday, June 16, 2000, 22:58
Vima Kadphises wrote:
> As far as IALs go, some friends of mine and I have > been discussing a tentative Arabic "interlingua," > (something much more comprehensible and easy to use > than fusHa, based on modern colloquial dialects) but > that project hasn't even entered a planning stage.
Speaking of which, has anyone created a conlang with diglossia? Selenese, the language of the Democratic Union of Worlds, has that, altho I've never worked out the language. Selenese evolved out of a creole spoken on the Moon, and has evolved in many divergent directions, with a central committee establishing the standard form, and also a lot of divergent local dialects/languages have arisen from it. Planets that are pretty much isolated tend to diverge furthest from the standard, while planets in the middle of everything, with many tourists and immigrants and the like tend to remain pretty close to the standard. Of course, Selenese is not the only language spoken, there are many languages descended from other Earth languages and creoles, as well as languages of other species. The DUW is no monoglot, monolithic entity. (It's not even really a single political unit, there are regions which are only nominally part of the DUW, and parts with greater or lesser degrees of autonomy, and parts that are completely integrated into the DUW) -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson "Glassín wafilái pigasyúv táv pifyániivav nadusakyáavav sussyáiyatantu wawailáv ku suslawayástantu ku usfunufilpyasváditanva wafpatilikániv wafluwáiv suttakíi wakinakatáli tiDikáufli!" - nLáf mÁldu nÍmasun ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor