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Re: About the Gaelic-L thing

From:Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>
Date:Saturday, July 6, 2002, 18:35
--- In conlang@y..., Stephen DeGrace <stevedegrace@Y...> wrote:

> Thanks for the link, but I think the best thing is not > to take Ms Gunn seriously or argue with her directly > in any case, the page could have been whipped up to > create a "cover" in approximately five minutes, it's > nothing but a few links.
It might be more difficult to "whip up" a book about modern celtic language... ;-) A Google search for "Marion Gunn" yields 871 hits. The majority of those pages appear to be linked to Celtic languages, or are written in Gaelic, or contain her e-mail address. It find it much more likely for Marion Gunn to be a real Celtic linguist with a fascistoid prejudice against conlanging than a freak who spends his life setting up an elaborate building of fictional identities just to troll us. Her post on Gaelic-L certainly qualifies as trolling (in the sense of "triggering a flamewar"), but to infer that she is doing that as a full time job with long-term purposes in mind strikes me as paranoid.
> I would avoid being tempted > into any form of personal engagement with Ms. Gunn, or > buying into an artistically evolving cover story, > where she could reel you in and try and set you off > again,
You know, there *are* treatments for the milder forms of paranoia nowadays. =P -- Christian Thalmann PS: We've pretty much beaten this topic to death by now. I suggest we drop it, lest we cook up more troll food.