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Re: Informants, etc.

From:Daniel Andreasson Vpc-Work <daniel.andreasson@...>
Date:Friday, March 14, 2003, 9:53
Arthaey Angosii wrote:

> What this all boils down to is many of you have informants, and I want one > too. :P 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 I've seen people mention discovering historical documents and thus learning 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?
The problem with informants/consultants is that you can't really ask them right out "what degrees of comparison are there in Piata?". You have to listen to real spoken sentences first, and *then* analyze them. At least that's how I do it with Piata. My informant isn't a linguist by far. None of the Piata are. He's a nice chap though. :) Perhaps this is why conlangs change constantly. Because we have to change the analysis of the language all the time. :) Daniel Andreasson