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Re: conlanging and journaling

From:Amanda Babcock Furrow <langs@...>
Date:Monday, February 11, 2008, 19:13
On Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 11:55:55AM -0500, Jim Henry wrote:

> > And the existence of a potential audience limits your options. > > Can you expand on that? > > I see how, if you're primarily intending your journal for your friends and > relations or for future historians, you would avoid crypticity and > ellipticity of all kinds, especially but not limited to writing in a conlang, > conscript or cypher. It would influence your writing style, maybe making > it more formal but hopefully at least making it clearer. > > And if you're intending your conlang for an audience, you'll spend > relatively more time working on the documentation of the language > and relatively less time developing the language itself. But how or why > would that limit your options about the design and implementation > of the language, per se?
Well, I'm not the OP, but I think I can shed one perspective on this: When I was conlanging in private, I didn't feel at all self-conscious about my naive phonology or occasional hokey, teenage-angst coinages. Once I found this list (so many years ago now!), that changed. Now I frequently feel that my conlanging comfort zone - my instincts about how my language should be, and the result thereof - is somehow inferior to folks with less personal, more well-researched (be it a priori or a posteriori) conlangs. I find myself wishing I could make a Tepa or Tokana, or a Wenedyk or Thrjotrunn (did I spell that right?) Or a Kelen, or... (I could go on...) tylakèhlpë'fö, Amanda