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Re: JG's list of conlangs

From:Nikhil Sinha <nsinha_in@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 22, 2003, 12:31
I received to a mail from Janko yesterday, replied, but he did not write
back. I gave him the numbers.

>"Jan van Steenbergen" <ijzeren_jan@...> likis:
> --- 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 >