Re: CHAT: General Question
|From:||L. Gerholz <milo@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, March 22, 2001, 0:52|
David Peterson wrote:
> Since the whole issue of American and English speakers and Canadian and
> such came up, why doesn't everybody say where there from, what languages
> they speak, and something else of interest?
I'm Laurie, age almost-40, living in Minnesota in the USA. I was born
and raised here in the Minneapolis area, never been much of a traveller.
Linguistically, I am fluent in English. I've been studying Japanese and
Norwegian, but will not claim to speak either. Learning to comprehend
conversational-speed language is *very* difficult for me, although my
ability to speak individual words with a correct accent is surprisingly
good for an adult learner. I also studied German for five years during
junior high and high school, and that has helped immensely with the
Norwegian. I also studied Linguistics during graduate school, and my
master's thesis was in Computational Linguistics (I'm a software
engineer by profession).
I've been pretty much a lurker here on Conlang for a while, my time
going more to natlangs and other arts. But what work I've done on Old
Arvandran is still up at my web page:
http://www.winternet.com/~milo/conlangs.html. The other conlang I've
done any particular work on is Spontoon, for the fictional south Pacific
isle of Spontoon. I don't have any examples of that one web-ified yet,
but some non-linguistic references can be seen at:
Music? I'm not much into music, but my tastes do encompass Fleetwood
Mac, Electric Light Orchestra, Alan Parsons Project, The Police, Styx,
and also Celtic and classical. I'll also admit to a taste in
soundtracks, lately focussed especially on anime series: "Vampire
Princess Miyu", "Shoujo Kakumei Utena", "Hana Yori Dango" and others.
"Being bright does not grant an immunity to doing idiotic
things; more like, it just enlarges the possible scope."
-- Lois McMaster Bujold