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Re: fictional worlds

From:Christopher Wright <faceloran@...>
Date:Thursday, August 8, 2002, 13:56
Santiago sekalge:
>I'd like to know to what extent are the cultures behind your conlangs
absolutely fictional... I absolutely will not put any technology from later than, oh, the thirteenth century AD into Sturnan. I just won't. It wouldn't be in Sturnan's character. However, Tallefkeul (I've changed to the Greek alphabet, and it looks more like TahhE0uh now) has words for modern technology such as radios and cars, and for rabbis, even, but no computers. (I will not put computers into Tallefkeul. They aren't in her character.) I have no concultures behind my languages. I tried with Sturnan, and Sturnan would not be constrained. Therefore, while three or four concultures sprang up in Sturnan's wake, none could keep her.
>Should I do away with those terms, and try to create a whole culture
with their own objects and then name them with the lang? What feels more comfortable to you? You say, "I need advice," and I say, "Be more self-reliant." I could turn it into a business. How depressing. Laimes, Wright. ____ "Through not observing the thoughts of another a man is seldom unhappy, but he who does not observe the movements of his own mind must of necessity be unhappy." --Marcus Aurelius


Santiago <sanctifeld@...>