Conlang fluency (Drúni)...long
|From:||Jim Hopkins <espero9@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 10, 2001, 22:48|
Concerning fluency in Druni:
I have decided to test myself and see how many Drúni roots I actually know.
When I get those results I will let you all know. If I have been overly
optimistic I'll be really embarassed :-(
I think that fluency has a lot to do with the purpose and method that were
used in the creation of a language.
Druni was not created to be unique, different, or to test any liguistic
theory or hypothesis. I created Druni in order to draw together into one
language as many of the features that I knew of and liked in other languages.
Having no formal training in linguistics I am sure that I have violated
various strictures but I can only say that I did what I liked.
I created each word individually. It had to sound right and react right in
various grammatical situations: i.e. according to my esthetic tastes. This
led me to a greater familiarity with each word from the start. I never used
any word generating program and the growth of the considerable Druni lexicon
was painfully slow. But essentially I did learn it as I went along.
I usually created a word in the nominative form. When I was satisfied with
it I tested it in the nine case forms both singular and plural. This is a
total of eighteen forms. I had to be pleased with each result before the
word was accepted.
The Druni grammar, too, was a bringing together of all the linguistic
features that I knew of and liked in other languages. It all had to work
together in a way that I found esthetically pleasing before it was accepted.
A long explanation, a very subjective attitude on my part, but that is how I
did it and I think this led to a quick fluency. I never worried if things
were overly familiar or borrowed. I never agonized over whether I was too
influenced by one language or another. Hey! I'm doing this for fun and I did
as I liked.
For better or for worse Druni is the result ;-)