Re: What is it we are saying in our languages?
|From:||Thomas Leigh <thomas@...>|
|Date:||Friday, July 7, 2006, 16:39|
> I think what many of us are expressing, here, is a sense of cominglate to
> that monument, or finding that it is bigger than we can build andheavier
> than we can hoist.
Holy crap! My entire conlanging experience, over the last 23 years of my
life, summed up in one emotionally painful yet beautiful sentence.
> I wish I had somehow "started" my Teonaht earlier.
> I started early, but not in any sophisticated way.
Ditto. I started early (age 12) but it took some 20 years of my life and
dozens (five or six seriously developed and used, the rest grammatical
and/or phonological sketches) of discarded, resurrected, mutated, doomed
and ultimately abandoned conlangs to "find myself", for lack of a better
description, conlinguistically speaking.
I can't help but often wonder what might have been had it not required
that long, oft-frustrating route...
> I am envious of those few I know who are fluent in their languagesbecause they
> started making it a familiar one early on, or have the genius forquick memorization.