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Re: Ursula LeGuin's Kesh

From:Anthony M. Miles <theophilus88@...>
Date:Thursday, April 18, 2002, 21:14
>From: Amanda Babcock <langs@...> >Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <CONLANG@...> >To: CONLANG@LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU >Subject: Re: Ursula LeGuin's Kesh >Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 10:06:44 -0400 > >Sorry to jump into a six-month-old discussion, but I haven't read my >conlang mail since then: > >On Tue, Oct 02, 2001 at 08:38:51AM -0700, Matthew Pearson wrote: > > > --- Joey Morlan wrote: > > Where can I find a grammar of the Kesh language, invented for > > Ursula LeGuin's _Always Coming Home_? This has long been > > > > I doubt if there is anything. I also love Kesh, but I don't imagine > > that LeGuin developed the morphology and syntax enough to warrant a >grammar. > >I don't know whether she wrote *much* grammar, but as a teenager I did >write to her to ask about some grammar points and got back a letter with >one or two things that weren't in the book. Not sure where the letter is. >I do hope I didn't leave it pinned to the bulletin board (like a cork >board but not cork) by my desk in my old bedroom in my parents' house! >I shudder to think of 12-13 years of sunlight baking the paper... > >Amanda >(Most recent idea:
I don't know what LeGuin thinks about the language of the Kesh, but I do remember that in _Tales of Earthsea_ she discusses her attitudes and methods regarding Hardic (the majority language of Earthsea). Language is very important in Earthsea. Specifically, she doesn't usually write down any sort of grammar or phonology, preferring instead to let the spirit of the moment move her. theophilus/ziwa-ahama _________________________________________________________________ Send and receive Hotmail on your mobile device: