ceremonial conlangs (was: Ba'l-a-i-bal-an)
|Date:||Sunday, May 21, 2006, 1:06|
R A Brown wrote:
> Great - interesting stuff. I have been thinking recently that our
> tripartite division of conlangs into artlangs, auxlangs & engelangs
> does not really cater for things like Bala-i-balan or Hildegard's
> 'Lingua Ignota' - languages of cult or worship. Probably the
> ceremonial language Damin should be considered in the same category.
> I would guess that cultic and/or ceremonial conlangs were the most
> common type before westerners began constructing 'philosophical'
> languages as auxlangs in the 17th century. What would one call such
> conlangs? 'esolangs' <-- eso(teric) lang(uage)s???
Jim Henry wrote:
Hm... "hagioglossa" might work. Various possibilities with truncated
English morphemes on the model of "conlang" & "engelang"...
* praylang [or "prayerlang"?]
* cultlang [eh, probably not]
* ritelang [maybe confusable with "writelang" or "rightlang"...]
* worlang /w@`leIN/ [ < "wor(ship) lang(uage)"]
None of them seems any better than "hagioglossa" (assuming I've got it
I believe ritlang (=/= ritelang) from rit(ual) + lang(uage) would be more
intelligible and more all-inclusive. The word hagioglossa denotes sanctity
or holiness, which i find to be too restraining or limiting.