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Re: artlang-blindness of linguists (was ...)

From:Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>
Date:Saturday, December 13, 2003, 0:40
I can see it now: _The Complete Idiots Guide to
Inventing Languages_.  Or Maybe _Inventing Languages
for Dummies_.

--- Roger Mills <romilly@...> wrote:
> From time to time, as we can all recall, someone > asks for data about all our > conlangs, with the idea of putting it all together > into a book of some sort. > (Nothing ever seems to come of it, that we know of, > but that's another > matter.......) > > Still, it would be an interesting idea to produce a > "Inventing Languages" > book; after all, there are a couple "World Building" > books out there, and I > assume they sell (I bought one!).... The recent > series of questions on > Conculture, too, are worthwile and could be > expanded, or included, since > building a language and building a culture are, or > can be, intimately > related. > > Clearly, Rosenfelder and Flores have already stolen > a lot the thunder, but > I'm sure it could be improved upon, and amplified. > For instance, individual > testimonies as to how one came up with given words > for this and that; how > one decided on morphology ("I think I shall express > the accusative with a > prefix") and various semantic ins and outs (cf. my > recent posts about how to > say "except" or "as far as" in Kash). > > Well, given the amount of free time I have, I > suppose I ought to try > it..........(but don't count on that!!)--- with a > lot of help from my > friends. Any thoughts? > > "Running it up the flagpole to see if anyone > salutes," as we used to > say........