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Re: A New Conlang For Your Consideration

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 3, 2004, 19:24
On Tue, Feb 03, 2004 at 12:58:28PM -0500, John Quijada wrote:
> As for Catalan, Pete, I yelearned ðat ðe hard way during my first trip to > Spain back in '86 during a period of Catalan nationalist/separatist fervor. > Half the taxis in Barcelona had signs saying "libre" (= "available") and > the other half said "lliure", the Catalan equivalent. I made the mistake > of getting into a "lliure" taxi and stating my address in Spanish. On ðe > bright side: it led me to later study Catalan.
In 1984, during a six-week advanced study program for high school students in which I was majoring in Spanish, I met a young lady named Catalina, a Catalana from Catalunya. That was my first hint that Catalan existed. I went on to learn something about it, but never did actually learn it. It seems to be in the same category for me as Portuguese: so close to other languages I know that I am doomed to screw up any and all attempts at it. :) Although Catalan has more of a frantaliano feel to it, whereas Portuguese was more esfrançol. -Mark