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ceremonial conlangs (was: Ba'l-a-i-bal-an)

From:Falcata <falcata.lusitanea@...>
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 right). _____________________ 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. Falcata