Re: CHAT: Intro & Chat: New to Language Construction
|Date:||Thursday, March 16, 2000, 2:25|
Natalie Brunelle <renaissance_writer@...> wrote:
>My name is Natalie and I'm new to the list too. I'm
>also new to language construction. ... 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.)
Never too ambitious! We've all been new at everything.
Let us know what you're doing. And welcome!
... I cannot combine any characters that the divine Library
has not foreseen, which in some of its secret tongues do not
bear some terrible meaning. No-one can articulate a syllable
not filled of caresses and fears; which is not, in some one
of those languages, the powerful name of a god...
Jorge Luis Borges, _The Library of Babel_
>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.
>--- Shreyas Sampat <nsampat@...> wrote:
>> I'm new too.
>> I have somewhat of a language in the works, and it's
>> bad. Dreadful.
>> Unutterably, obscenely, horribly bad.
>> I'll post it eventually, though, because you're
>> obviously all much more
>> competent than I and hopefully I'll learn something
>> while you're
>> discussing linguistics with all those big words you
>> Loth 77
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