CONLANG Digest - 18 Aug 2000 to 19 Aug 2000 (#2000-225)
|From:||Adam Walker <dreamertwo@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, August 20, 2000, 9:12|
>Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2000 09:05:53 -0400
>From: "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh@...>
>Subject: Re: Conlangs in History
>Hmm... I guess I'm lucky to know two Chinese dialects, English, and Malay
>(mainly a SOV language but with arguably more inflected verbs than
>English), as well as a little classical Greek. It *does* help a lot when
>you can invent something in a conlang, and then "shift" to thinking in
>another language and see how it looks from that other point of view. Very
>often, it reveals unconcious assumptions that you've made.
Which two Chinese langs? Mandarin and Hokkien? I'm living in Taiwan right
now and working hard on my Mandarin. I'm about to embark on learning Ho Lo
Oe -- the local dialect of Hokkien. And may try to add Hakka as well.
In a few years I might like to move to Shanghai and learn Wu.
Tonal langs ROCK!
I've already got a good start on Tawanese Sign Language. It is REALLY
different from American Sign Language. Lots of new cheremes to learn and
new applications of symetry. I need to get a copy of Stokoe or HamNoSys so
I can start documenting what I'm learning. (And so I can start developing
that signed conlang I keep telling myself I'm gonna do!)
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