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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: 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. Laurie -- "Being bright does not grant an immunity to doing idiotic things; more like, it just enlarges the possible scope." -- Lois McMaster Bujold