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Re: CHAT: Intro & Chat: New to Language Construction

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, March 16, 2000, 0:47
Natalie Brunelle wrote:
> I know > that I want a couple of my languages to be based on > Swahili,
Cool! Do you mean actually based on in the sense of taking words and gramatical forms from it (as if it could be related to Swahili), or just in the sense of taking ideas from it (like multiple genders)? Either way, Swahili's a cool lang to use.
> Fantasy novels these days focus so much on > European history and culture
Which is why I loved "The Ice is Coming" by Patricia Wrightson. It's based on Australian Aborigine beliefs, in today's time. In fact, that's a key element of the plot. The _Ninya_ (Ice-Sprits) have escaped from their traditional home, able to do so because the people there have forgotten the old rituals to keep them there, and are trying to cover all of Australia in ice, and a single young Aborigine man must stop them.
> I'd just like to branch out, > and give people a look at what can be extracted and > imagined through African culture.
Great idea, best of luck. Have you heard about the Conculture list? I think you subscribe by sending a blank e-mail to -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor