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Re: LUNATIC again

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, November 9, 1998, 15:42
John Fisher wrote:

> A "relex" is what people on this list usually call what lojbab has been > referring to as a "code", namely a creation in which the words, or maybe > the morphemes, of a source language (usually the creator's own) are > given a new sound representation, without the structure of the language > being changed in any other important way.
[example snipped] The term "code" is also that used by JRRT in "A Secret Vice" to describe Animalic and Nevbosh. BTW, in rereading this essay to find the reference, I stumbled across a most interesting sentence which I had never noticed before, in the seventh paragraph (p. 200 of the Houghton Mifflin hardback): Few philologists [i.e. linguists] even are devoid of the making instinct --- but they often know but one thing well; they must build with the bricks they have. This seems to mean that many linguists would be language constructors if they could! What do you all make of this? -- John Cowan You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)