|From:||William Annis <annis@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, November 18, 2001, 1:00|
>From: Rik Roots <rikroots@...>
>> Has anyone ever done this? I know some Neopagan groups
>> occasionally indulge in dead language Revivals (a la modern Hebrew),
>> but I can't think of anyone creating a language with the exress goal
>> of creating a subculture.
>Possibly Palari? As used by gay men in and around London certainly up
>until the mid Sixties, and still occasionally used by some of my older
Certainly *using* Polari is a deliberate subculture
self-identification, but as far as I know Polari developed into its
role by absorbing vocabulary from other groups, most wonderfully
Lingua Franca (some day someone will explain to me this thing about
sailors and gay men).
So, I don't think Polari is the result of a star chamber of
drag queens, theatre people and their admirers deciding they needed
their own language.