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Re: [romconlang] GMP

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Saturday, January 5, 2008, 16:46
Philip Newton skrev:
 > On Jan 4, 2008 12:42 PM, Mark J. Reed
 > <markjreed@...> wrote:
 >> So, ah, what the heck is a GMP? :)
 > Grand Master Plan - set of sound changes for deriving a
 > language from a parent language (e.g. Portuguese from
 > Vulgar Latin).
 > Cheers,

The term was coined by Andrew, who perhaps felt that his GMP
for Brithenig[^1] wasn't strict and/or explicit enough to be
called a historical phonology -- at least that is how I
construe the difference between the two terms --, or perhaps
because it is not chronologically ordered, and thus even
fictionally not strictly historical. I suppose it is a
jocular reference to the more or less secret agenda which
supervillains and Grand Conspiracies are supposed to have.
Anyway the term struck, and is used for any set of rules for
deriving an historical conlang from its ancestor, regardless
of degree and kind of elaboration. I for one would not use
the term when talking about historical phonologies of
natlangs, like Portuguese.

Andrew, since you're probably listening, please correct my

[^1]: <>

/BP 8^)>
Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch atte melroch dotte se
   "C'est en vain que nos Josués littéraires crient
   à la langue de s'arrêter; les langues ni le soleil
   ne s'arrêtent plus. Le jour où elles se *fixent*,
   c'est qu'elles meurent."           (Victor Hugo)


andrew <hobbit@...>