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Re: CHAT: Profile of a Conlanger

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 12, 1999, 19:29
Joshua Shinavier wrote:

> > Anyone did a profile (psych mostly) of the "average" conlanger? > > Not that I know of. It might be interesting though I don't know how accurate > the results would be; there's an awful lot of stigma attached to this subject.
Apparently, neither of you recall my "Lunatic Survey" last fall.It wasn't really a "psych" profile, though. It was a survey of experience, privacy, taste, profession, type of conlang, philosophy... that sort of thing. My essay pointed out that not much is really known about us, and the worst is often assumed. To make generalizations about the mental imbalance of conlangers is about as fruitless and unfounded as making generalizations about novelists or ministers. Sally
> Maybe the title of that book Sally came across, "Lunatic Lovers of Language" > is more accurate than we thought :-> >
No, it is not. And I was at pains to challenge it. The use of the term "lunatic"in my survey was referential and ironic. SC