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).
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