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Re: JG's list of conlangs

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 22, 2003, 12:22
--- James Worlton skrzypszy:

>> What is the purpose behind this list? >> >> If appropriate, should replies be made to the >> List or privately to this Janko person? > > A few weeks ago he emailed people off-list asking > for the numbers 1-10 in their conlang(s). Some people > replied and never heard from him again. I replied and > did hear from him again, and he has sent a few requests > that I forward to the list. > (He is not subscribed--he apparently goes thru the > archives on Yahoo at a public library wherever he lives.) > His purpose for collecting the numbers is just that-- > collecting. I posted on this a few weeks ago, so it's > in the archives.
Well, I haven't received anything from him (yet). Should I feel insulted? ;) As for the motivation behind such a collection: why not? Why do people conlang at all? To me, collecting numbers seems at least as natural as collecting stamps or coins. As a matter of fact, I am collecting numbers too, as some of you might have noticed. IMO, numbers are among the most elementary things in human speech, and they give away a lot about the character of a language. My earliest recollections of linguistic interest were all connected to numbers, long before I could even read or write. Since then, I have been collecting. When I discovered Mark Rosenfelder's numbers page, I was happy to find out that I was not the only one. So why wouldn't Janko Gorenc have been bitten by the same bug? Based on what I have read, I don't see any reason to assume that he is not genuine in his motivations. If he wants, Janko can get all the stuff I have. Jan


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