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Re: Inverse conlang relay

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Monday, April 6, 2009, 14:39
Some people have said they're interested but haven't yet
mentioned the specific conlang they're offering for use in
the relay.  So, if you haven't already, please post saying:

1. what conlang(s) you have that you think are well enough
documented for other people to translate into them;

2. what is the URL for any online documentation in said conlang(s);

3. what other materials you could send to a potential translator
in offlist email;

4. what about this conlang is special?  why might someone want
to spend a couple of months studying it and then translate
something into it?

Later on, after everyone has had a chance to post about their
conlang, and we figure out who is going to be the relay master
(I will do it if no one else especially wants to, though I would
gladly accept an offer of help from Henrik with the scheduling),
you'll send an *offlist* email to the relay master listing the
conlangs you're interested in translating into, in decreasing
order of preference, and the weeks you'd be unavailable
during June to September.

(I think with an inverse relay, the scheduling problem is different
from an ordinary relay; the who-precedes-whom constraint is
much tighter, because participants are committing to learn
their successor's conlang for several months and then translate
into it, and the who-is-unavailable-when constraint is somewhat
looser, because turns are a week long and fewer people are
likely to have whole weeks that are unsuitable than usually
have a few days that are unsuitable.)

I'll start:

1. The only conlang I have that's so thoroughly documented
someone else could use it is gjâ-zym-byn, a personal
engelang/artlang hybrid.


3. I could send potential translators some more texts in
gzb that aren't on the website (including a selection of less-private
journal entries) and possibly a draft version of some material
I'm (re)writing for the grammar document, although hopefully
I'll finish that soon and have it on the website.

4. Probably gzb's most interesting aspects are its unusual
semantics, especially with respect to mental states and
subjective qualities, and its open-ended postposition system.

David Peterson, who used gzb in the first inverse relay, said:

On Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 10:38 PM, David Peterson <dedalvs@...> wrote:
> And, man, let me say to whoever gets it this time, > Jim's GZB is quite a trip! It's a fascinating language > to use.
-- Jim Henry


Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
David Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Tony Harris <tony@...>
Mechthild Czapp <0zu149@...>