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

From:Daniel A. Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Monday, March 20, 2000, 19:16
Mea culpa for the late reply.  Been busy lately...

>From: Natalie Brunelle <renaissance_writer@...>
>My name is Natalie and I'm new to the list too. I'm >also new to language construction. I found out about >the list through the Langmaker website. I'm creating >a world for the fantasy novel that I'm writing, so I'm >also creating new cultures and new languages. (Kind >of an ambitious project for someone so new.) I know >that I want a couple of my languages to be based on >Swahili, and I want the other languages I develop to >be based on other African languages, ancient or >modern. Fantasy novels these days focus so much on >European history and culture (and there's nothing >wrong with that, it's the stuff that made me fall in >love with the genre). I'd just like to branch out, >and give people a look at what can be extracted and >imagined through African culture. So if anyone has >any suggestions for me I'm all ears. I looking >forward to talking with everyone.
Just curious -- what part of Africa are you focusing on? You mention Swahili, so are you talking about say, the Serengeti, or the Congo? (My conculture the Techians are north of you then -- they came from Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya... basically the northern parts of the Great Rift Valley, where mankind is said to have been born (hey, it could agree with the Bible, since one of the rivers in the Garden of Eden just happens to be in Cush, the Hebrew name for Africa...) Danny ______________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free Email at