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Re: Language Change

From:Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Date:Thursday, January 6, 2000, 4:43
On Wed, 5 Jan 2000 13:26:41 +0200, Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>

> CCC (Compulsory Conlang Connection :-) ) >In our postings, we tend to focus on what our conlangs _can_ do. >Would looking at what is difficult for them to do give us >an insight into writing poetry in them? (Paring rtemmu sentences >down to haiku level, for example, would certainly prove a challenge! >Maybe I'll look into it.) > And would this also apply to the semantic/cultural aspects of >language as well as to the phonological/morphological/syntactic aspects?
I can see certain meters being easier for some languages, or even impossible for others. A language that always stresses the final syllable of a word would have a harder time with dactylic or trochaic meters, for instance (the end of every line would have to be an unstressed one-syllable word!). Haiku would certainly be easier for a language like Jarrda (or Klingon, for that matter) with lots of short 1- and 2-syllable words, than it would be for a more verbose language. Rhyming becomes more challenging with a limited vocabulary, but that's more a result of the time-consuming nature of generating vocabulary than an inherent defect of any individual language (unless the limited vocabulary is part of the design of the language, as in Basic English). -- languages of Kolagia---> +---<>--- Thryomanes /"If all Printers were determin'd not to print any (Herman Miller) / thing till they were sure it would offend no body, moc.oi @ rellimh <-/ there would be very little printed." -Ben Franklin