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Re: Shemspreg at FrathWiki

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Thursday, March 15, 2007, 16:17
On 3/14/07, David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...> wrote:
> Dirk wrote: > << > I just put the Shemspreg grammatical description on > . Your comments would be welcome, > especially on layout and organization. > > [very kind words snipped] > > So what's the story behind this language? How long have you > been working on it? I certainly never expected to see a PIE/IE > language by you.
I put Shemspreg together 6-7 years ago during what felt to me to be a glut of IE languages popping up on this and other lists (I think this was during the rise of Ill Bethisad). I was also responding to discussion here and elsewhere which centered around perceived Eurocentrisms in IALs. My original intent was to make a mock-IAL that didn't have any Romance/Germanic/Slavic/&c. bias because it went all the way back to PIE (thus escaping various kinds of parochial Eurocentrisms, but embracing a "pan"-Eurocentrism). But I can't sustain satire, so it became something else. I never intended it to be a historically plausible projection of PIE into the present day; I just used PIE materials to create a language which I thought would be fun to play around with. I haven't developed it any further since its original inception, just tweaked the description a bit. So now you know! Dirk