artlangs as engelangs (was: Re: =LCC2: Meeting our Community
|From:||And Rosta <and.rosta@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, July 19, 2007, 22:40|
andrew, On 18/07/2007 04:54:
> I did wonder, at one point, if the definition of an artlang is
> essentially an engineered language with a subjective set of aesthetics
> as its criteria. But that's just silly!
It must be possible in principle for some artlangy design criteria that are in
some sense 'subjective' to nevertheless be explicit and 'objectively'
assessable (where 'objective' means at least 'subject to intersubjective
agreement); and in such a case the conlang could be viewed as an engelang. But
it would seem perverse -- contrary to the spirit of art -- to assess a work of
art in terms of how successfully it achieves its stated goals.