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 I've seen people mention discovering historical documents and thus learning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
And for Vozgian... Well, let me tell you in secret that I made it all up
"Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones
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