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Re: First Conlang...? & What Happened?

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 18:37
Dirk Elzinga wrote:

> On Tuesday, January 6, 2004, at 11:36 PM, David Peterson wrote: > >> <<snip discussion>> >> >> I didn't mean to say that all first conlangs were that way (indeed, >> mine was a rip-off of the Arabic triconsonantal root system); I was >> just trying to remember what the stereotype was. A stereotype's not >> always true, and it also isn't to say that euroclones or agglutinating >> languages are bad. > > > I didn't understand you to mean those things. However, there is a > reason stereotypes exist. When I first joined CONLANG and the > artlangers started coming out of the woodwork and joined the list, > there seemed to me to be a proliferation of languages which had the > following features: > > * ergative/absolutive alignment > * large noun classification systems (i.e., gender) > * Celtic-style mutation > * an abundance of case forms (à la Finnish) > * simple agglutinative morphology >
That's probably because they're all as far from English as you can get.