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Re: The difficulties of being weirder than English

From:Tristan Mc Leay <kesuari@...>
Date:Monday, June 21, 2004, 0:25
And Rosta wrote:
> Amanda: > >>Lately I've been rather cross about having English for a first language. >>I want to invent something exotic and unique, but two things have made >>me realize that English is already exotic, and I feel cheated :) > > [snip telling illustrations of this] > > This is why the primary natlang inspiration for my conlanging always > has been & always will be English, & why I find conlangers' exoticist > English-avoidance so annoying. It's not so much that English is so > special (though it is to me), but rather that the more deeply you > know a language the richer a source of inspiration it is.
I agree 110% with And! Though of course this list is a shortcut to inspiration from other languages, like with Christophe's recent post about Dutch (and German) avoidance of preposition+it. I like that. -- Tristan. | To be nobody-but-yourself in a world | which is doing its best to, night and day, | to make you everybody else--- | means to fight the hardest battle | which any human being can fight; | and never stop fighting. | --- E. E. Cummings, "A Miscellany"