Artlangers vs. auxlangers (was Re: Tell your conlang story!)
|From:||Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 9:26|
Hanuman Zhang wrote:
> 1) How did you get in to conlanging? What was your inspiration?
> I got into from a deep interest in both poetry and science fiction.
> At first I got into auxlangs like Glosa, but I am too much of a pragmaticist
> and creative "rogue" to fit in with the auxlang crowd (who seem to lack the
> depth of linguistic knowledge of the conlanging crowd as well as a tolerance
> for humour and wackiness).
Very true; I have made the same observation. Most auxlangers only know a handful
of western and central European languages, and take "typically European" linguistic
features for granted; most auxlang descriptions I have seen are linguisticaly naive,
for example, describing the language in terms of letters rather than phonemes.
And then the auxlangers are dead serious about their proposals, and are in a state
of constant trench warfare about which proposal is best. Sigh. Artlangers are sooooo
much more humourous and tolerant.
And finally, they haven't realized that the race has already been run - and English
is the winner ;-)
Does it surprise anyone now that I am an artlanger and not an auxlanger?
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