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How did you get into conlanging

From:Aaron Morse <artlangs@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 21:24
 > 1) How did you get in to conlanging? What was your
> inspiration?
I always loved languages. I started creating words when I was 7-8 or so, and then read the Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien. After that, the Language Construction Kit introduced me to how to really create languages and from there I've gone. Been awesome!
> 2) What is your purpose in creating languages? Is it > a personal art, an anthropological experiment, a > pasttime...?
I consider conlanging an art, and I treat it as such. Somewhat like painting or music composition. And I engage in it as an art, finding that it suits my artistic tastes. To me it is a very personal creation, as I express a great deal of my philosophy and thoughts through conlanging.
> 3) How have people reacted when you tell them about > it?
So far, all the people I've told have reacted positively. My girlfriend thinks I'm somewhat insane, but thinks it is interesting (she'd never do anything like it, but she suffers me talking constantly about various conlanging problems I have from time to time.) My family enjoys hearing about it, although I get on their nerves sometime. I don't tell many people.
> 4) Did conlanging lead you places you never expected > it to take you?
Well, I spend a lot of time web-designing and programming now, and that is all because I wanted to create a website for my conlang. I am planning on becoming either a philosophy major or a linguist, both influenced by stuff I've encountered partly because of my conlanging (the philosophy less so, but still influenced by it and vice versa.) ------- Aaron Morse "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." ---Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil --------------------------------- Brings words and photos together (easily) with PhotoMail - it's free and works with Yahoo! Mail.


Michael Adams <michael.adams1@...>