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Re: Informants, etc.

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Thursday, March 13, 2003, 22:02
En réponse à Arthaey Angosii <arthaey@...>:

> > What this all boils down to is many of you have informants, and I want > one > too. :P
LOL. Seriously(?) though, does people have other, erm, "methods"
> of > learning/discovering their conlangs, besides the informant-route? I > think > I've seen people mention discovering historical documents and thus > learning > conlang/conculture that way. Any other means? >
Well, Moten is a language spoken by a single person known in the world. This person was found as a child in a Belgian field. He was naked and only spoke Moten, no other language known in the world. He later learned French, but appears to be completely amnesic, except for his tongue and his name in that language. Later, I met that guy, and we were both astonished by our similar looks. Actually, we're identical-looking! This guy, |Sela Jemufan Atlinan C.G., is my informant for Moten. He helped me studying it because being the only memory of his past, he thought that by looking deep into it he could maybe trigger memories and break his amnesy. So far it didn't bring much results, only some flashes and some interesting bits that could say something about the culture he comes from. But nothing much. And since when he was found he was something like eight years old or so, he probably doesn't know much of his birth culture anyway. As for Maggel, let me tell you a secret: Maggel is really the first human language, the language that was ours before Babel, and is actually hardwired in our genes :)))) . But with Babel (a big act of conlanging of God himself ;))) ) we have lost this instinctive knowledge and we don't know how to connect anymore with this part of us. I did find a way to make a new partial connection. And despite the side effect, I think it's worth it :)))) . And of course, everything I've written above is completely false!!! Or is it? ;)))) Hehe, pure maggelity in action ;)))))) . Mwahahahahahahahaha!!!!! ;))) Christophe. It takes a straight mind to create a twisted conlang.