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Conlang currencies & a bit o' Caos Pidgin ConCulture(was Re: Florin)

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Monday, September 4, 2000, 19:52
In a message dated 2000:09:04 3:17:23 AM, artabanos@MAIL.UTEXAS.EDU writes:

>ObConlang: What do y'all call currencies in your languages, if any such >exist?
On/in the Autonomia Isola Verde - a self-sufficient tropical rainforest micro-republic (& ex-joint colony of Italy & Japan) in the Celebes Sea (sorta right smack dab in between the Philippines, Papua NiuGini, Indonesia, & Brunei/Borneo) - there used to be use of the _lira_ coin. Then a period in which all world coinage - no paper money - was used (post-WW2). By the late1980's, US dollar coins were rapidly overwhelming the local economy. In reaction to this, the anarchistic Caos Generazi took over & all money (except coin-collecting & "art coin-making" in lost-wax art form) was declared "null and void." Since Isola Verde has a highly polyglot population of just over 1,000, anarchist social organization comes easy (that nearly 1/2 are tribal people & that 1/3 of the population is between the ages of 18 and 30 also makes this easier). The lingua franca is "Caos Pidgin" - a "mutated" Italian-lexifier pidgin with a syntax similar to Bazaar Malay and various pidgin Englishes ... ("Caos" actually taken from one mid-20th Century Italian's awed response to the polyglot Babel of Malay, Italian, Tagalog/Spanish, Cantonese, Japanese, German, English (several widely differing varieties, i.e. Aussie, Kiwi, Chinese Pidgin English, Tok Pisin, Bislama, etc.), Nepali, Hindi, various Melanesian & Polynesian tongues.) czHANg ::tilt of my hat to Luca for help & helpful suggestions re: both Caos Pidgin & Autonomia Isola Verde:: "It would be ironic if the answer to Babel were pidgin and not Pentecost." - George Steiner, _After Babel: Aspects of Language & Translation_