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Re: Informants, etc.

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Thursday, March 13, 2003, 20:25
 --- Arthaey Angosii skrzypszy:

> 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 I've seen people mention discovering historical documents and thus learning 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?
Nah, I could only wish I had an informant at hand! But alas, I never was that lucky! You know, Hattic is a small, endangered and mostly neglected language. Just imagine how hard it is to find someone who knows it in a country like the Netherlands! So all I could do was travelling there myself. I became quite a nice and long trip, although it completely ruined my budget. And I learnt a lot about the language. Unfortunately, the Soviet authorities wouldn't allow me to travel into the mountains, so all I know about Askaic, Hattic's smaller sister language, is second-hand :( Wenedyk is a different story. The thing is, I was a Vened in one of my previous lifes, and incidentally some vague reminiscences about my time back then just bubble up from my subconscience. Since I am doing hypnotherapy, however, my memories about Wenedyk became more structured, and every session turns up at least two dozens of new words. Of course, I could as well buy a grammar or a dictionary. Every better bookstore is supposed to have at least a few copies... But that would spoil the illusion. And for Vozgian... Well, let me tell you in secret that I made it all up myself... ;))) Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts