CONLANG Digest - 20 Oct 2003 to 21 Oct 2003 (#2003-297)
|From:||J. K. Hoffman <ryumaou@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, October 22, 2003, 12:08|
> Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2003 11:27:53 -0400 From: Paul Bennett
> <paul-bennett@...> Subject: Re: OT<?>: Linguist Heros was Re:
> No pronoun, no article
> Of the languages where enough about each language is given for
> judgements to be made, each language is self-consistent (i.e. not
> just subtitled gibberish[*]) and they seem to me to be derived fairly
> straightforwardly from existing "classical" languages on Earth.
> OTOH, having a Latinate, Germanic and Egyptian language all described
> as "dialects" of Goa'uld (the main alien culture) smacks more than a
> little bit of the wackiness with the science, especially when
> another Germanic language is described as one of the Ancients'
> languages (a totally unrelated group of aliens).
That may well be where I got the idea that they were somewhat
disjointed! I don't follow the series very closely, so tuning in to
hear a "dialect" of Goa'uld that sounds totally different probably just
sounded like drek to me. OTH, I seem to recall reading an article
somewhere that they did, in fact, just make up words now and then. I
think it was in Starlog, or something similar. An interview with
Richard Dean "MacGyver" Anderson, if I recall right, wherein he
mentioned that occasionally they just said words backwards to get their
new Goa'uld. I'll have to root through my pack-rat stack of magazines
to see if I can find it.
> Yes. My vision of the Stargate-SG1 writing pit includes a small
> faction of hard-pressed and creative conlang- and conculture-types,
> fighting the daily battle of sense-against-nonsense with the vast
> hordes of suits trying to make the show more "viewer-friendly", with
> the excuse that "nobody's paying that much attention, anyway".
Hold tight to that dream and don't let go!
Somehow, I picture a bunch of writers who are passing around a bottle of
hard liquor saying "How far can we push this gag before someone catches
on?" But, then, I'm a bitter cynic. ^_^
> [*] Bonus point for anyone else who kept that little conlang-l quote
> in their brains as long as I did.
Hmm, you got me on that one. Source of quote? (I'm betting it's John
Cowan, but sometimes I think I give him too much credit.)
"It's better to light one candle
than to curse the darkness."
-Chinese Proverb and The Motto of the Christophers