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Re: Music-conlangs & music

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 4, 2006, 19:40
Carsten Becker wrote:
> From: "Eldin Raigmore" <eldin_raigmore@...> > Sent: Tuesday, July 04, 2006 12:40 AM > >> Timbre is essentially what distiguishes one phoneme from >> another, or at least one "phone" from another; at any >> rate it is what distinguishes one vowel from another. >> >> But there is more to timbre than that; timbre is also >> part of what distinguishes one person's voice from >> another's. > > > Given that there is a musical language that distinguishes > timbre -- if you played it on, say, a recorder, how would > you imitate the typical sound of a violin when the "word" > requires it?
Yes, indeed. Also AFAIK no language, whether a natlang or conlang uses timbre in such a way. I agree with Carsten's points about tone languages, as well as pitch accented and stress accented. All this AFAIK I know is well enough document. I assume that conlangs that imitate these features behave in a similar way. [snip]
> Carsten > ... who has always wanted to do a musical conlang
Join the club :) Yep - the subject line explicitly refers to 'music-conlangs'. I thought I had made it clear that I was referring to those conlangs that use whole ranges of a musical scale of some sort or other. AFAIK there are _no_ natlangs that do this. It seems to me that with such conlangs there are implications regarding song & music. Personally I don't think tonal natlangs or pitch accented langs are comparable in this respect. I was rather hoping that there might be a Solresol lurker on the list. It seems there isn't {sigh} -- Ray ================================== ================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760


James W. <emindahken@...>