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Re: Discarding Languages

From:Mathias M. Lassailly <lassailly@...>
Date:Sunday, October 4, 1998, 20:47
> Well, I don't actually discard languages. I mean, I don't ever delete anything. > You never know when you're going to discover something valuable. Even so, if > I stop working on a language, I don't feel like it's discarding it -- it often > happens at the first stages of the creation process. I'm very cyclotimic and > sometimes I lose interest in things I just made, or perhaps I realize it's not > going to work and develop into the marvelous structure I'd made up in my mind, > so I leave it. But I never delete it -- and that's why my hard drives are full > of trash :) I had "discarded" Pantato in my mind a few months ago, but now I > consider it alive again -- I only have to go check and correct about 400 words! > > > --Pablo Flores
Sometime I find out a nice structure that may look promising and change my language the whole way round...but I realize a while after that there is a problem in implementing it and I fairly depressed and I give up the whole language...then, after another few weeks it strikes me again that the idea is valuable to some extent, so I change the language accordingly. Then this change prompts another idea...etc. My language has always developped this way : it takes time to know what I really like and want to feature in it. I've experienced that no new idea is wrong or right : it only needs to adjust to the already existing conlang which is the set of ideas that you have been matured, tried and adapted a hundred times. So my conlang may completely change of pattern at times, but only for a short period of time. This is what French call 'la continuiti dans le changement' or 'le changement dans la continuiti'. It's all psycho. It's nothing like discarding although it may look so fro! m ! ! ! outside. ----- See the original message at -- Free e-mail group hosting at