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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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