Re: conlangs as art (was: Re: Wikipedia:Verifiability - Mailing lists as sources
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 27, 2008, 8:31|
Jörg Rhiemeier wrote:
> On Tue, 26 Feb 2008 19:50:01 +0000, And Rosta wrote:
>> I can say, truthfully & without hyperbole, that I have been saying on this
>> list longer than anyone that conlangs can be art. Nevertheless I am also
>> convinced that as an artistic medium conlanging does not lend itself to the
>> creation of great art that, say, exalts us, or moves us deeply, or gives us
>> profound insights into life.
> Why not? Where is the problem? Why cannot be that a conlang moves
> someone deeply?
Why not indeed?
I remember very many moons ago (about 50 years ago, in fact), being
deeply moved when I read Galadriel's song "Ai! laurië lantar lassi
surinen!..." in 'Farewell to Lórien'. It had the wow-factor! I found it
stunningly beautiful and moving.
I know beauty is only in the eye of the beholder (or ear of the
listener) - but I was deeply moved by the words - and, indeed, still am.
> A conlang can express the thoughts and feelings of
> its author as much as, for instance, a piece of music can do. That,
> at least, is my opinion; for instance, I find Quenya and Sindarin
> very expressive of Tolkien's mindset.
Yes, they probably do. But I must confess, I have never been
particularly moved by Sindarin - but Quenya, wow!!
David J. Peterson wrote:
> Aside from that, I'm tired of this discussion. It's all about
> and if two people don't share a definition, and are not willing to
> agree on a common definition, then it amounts to nothing more
> than name-calling.
I'm inclined to agree - and it's pushing up the number of mails from the
list which is OK if one has the leisure to read them all properly - but
today, I was just skimming through most.
I know, for example, not everyone shares my view of Quenya. Nor do I
expect them to. We have moved in very subjective areas in this thread
and I feel David's assessment is true.
Frustra fit per plura quod potest
fieri per pauciora.
[William of Ockham]