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Conlang anthem (was: Minhyan & the goddess of conlangs)

From:Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 1, 2004, 6:10
On Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at 01:03 , Philip Newton wrote:

> On Mon, 30 Aug 2004 19:15:05 +0100, Ray Brown <ray.brown@...> > wrote: >> >> Well the Welsh claim that Welsh is the language of heaven, but they are, >> I >> think, slightly biased. The same claim was often made in the middle ages, >> both by Jewish & by Christian writers, about Hebrew. I dare say many >> other >> natlangs have been claimed as the language of heaven/God/the gods etc. >> >> In any case, *none* of these languages are conlangs. > > Well, modern Hebrew is...
Indeed - but the Hebrew the medievals had in mind wasn't the modern stuff ;) But I think David's idea is best and I like Michael's suggestion: On Monday, August 30, 2004, at 07:46 , Michael Potter wrote:
> Ray Brown wrote: > On Sunday, August 29, 2004, at 08:04 , David Peterson wrote: >> I was thinking it'd be like the motto, where it could be translated >> into any language, such that it (like the motto) wouldn't be in *any* >> language, but it could be *conveyed* using any language. > > > Yes, I'd thought of that. But the mottos don't have to conform to any > metric pattern. Presumably the anthem, in theory, be sung. I suppose it > would be a challenge to compose words that both fit the meter of the music > and conveyed more or less the same meanings :)
Well, now I'm even more enthusiastic in my support of David.
> > The answer is obvious: Solresol! (or another "musical" language) > > Of course, then you have to write an anthem that sounds good *and* makes > sense. But that's somebody else's problem, not mine...
Yep - I'd also thought of Solresol. If some one could come up with a Solresol stanza that both sounds good and makes good sense, we'd get the tune & the basic lyrics. Anyone with a good ear for music & a reasonable knowledge of Solresol? Ray =============================================== =============================================== "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760