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CONLANG Digest - 23 Nov 1999 to 24 Nov 1999

From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Friday, November 26, 1999, 2:45
>> I admit I'd love to marry a conlang-freak >> lady but I've never met one "in real life". I'm not married nor have >> children but I guess some of you share your lives with conlang-loving >> partners and have thought on the possibility of performing what I call >> "the forbidden experiment". I know this sounds somewhat like "final >> solution" or a Dr. Mengele experience but it's nothing to do with that. >> In ancient times the forbidden experiment consisted in keeping a baby >> away from human presence and see whether a sort of innate behaviours >> arise. That is, when we speak about language, to see if the child starts >> speaking a sort of non-taught language. The reason why this experiment >> is regarded as forbidden is obvious. > > I've heard that it had once been performed long ago (maybe during
>Middle Ages) and that the results had been that all children had died by >stopping to eat. Seems like communication is vital for life (maybe it's >only a legend though).
The disease caused by this is called 'hospitalism.' Some information can be found in the second half of this article: As it isn't 'just' the communication that causes this, one might try it without keeping the children in isolation. But that might ruin the point... *Muke!