Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Skerre Play Online

From:David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Date:Thursday, July 20, 2006, 6:12
Long time members of Conlang may remember Doug Ball,
creator of Skerre who's now a ling grad up at Stanford.  What
you may not know (unless your name rhymes with Rally Raves)
is the play written and performed in Skerre.

When Doug was in 8th grade, one of his teachers learned that
he was creating a language (the earliest version of Skerre), and
approached him about writing a play entirely in Skerre and
then performing.  This he did, with the help of his class (they
helped with plot, props, etc.; he did all the translating), and
they actually performed the play for the school.  I've always
found this quite remarkable, in that not only did Doug compose
a play in his conlang, but he managed to convince (with help,
of course, but the point remains) others to perform the play,
*in Skerre*, and other watched!  *That's* an achievement!

Anyway, with prompting from me and others, Doug has found
and uploaded the text of the play in Skerre, along with English
translations.  The Skerre in the play is very, very different from
today's Skerre, but it was composed in Skerre, nevertheless.
Plus, the play's a lot of fun.

So, without further ado, you can read some background on
the play here:

Or download the .pdf directly here:

(Oh, in case you're wondering why I'm posting, Doug is no
longer on Conlang, so I get to be his mouthpiece.  Call me

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
Sally Caves <scaves@...>