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Re: What is it we are saying in our languages?

From:Thomas Leigh <thomas@...>
Date:Friday, July 7, 2006, 16:39
Sally wrote:
> I think what many of us are expressing, here, is a sense of coming
late to
> that monument, or finding that it is bigger than we can build and
> 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 languages
because they
> started making it a familiar one early on, or have the genius for
quick memorization. Me too. Thomas