The Conlang-L FAQ
|From:||taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, May 19, 2002, 14:08|
May 19 2002
There are currently 44 questions with answers
one who conlangs
one who conlangs
one who auxlangs
Tolkien's secret vice
the secret vice
the set of words in a language
a priori language
the words are not derived from any natlang or well-established conlang
but created from scratch
a posteriori language
the words are derived, recognizable or not, from an already existing
language; like all romance-langs and most auxlangs
International Auxiliary Language, synonymous with auxlang
speaker/user/missionary of Ido
speaker/user/missionary of Esperanto
speaker/user/missionary of Lojban
speaker/user, but not missionary of Esperanto
As For My ConLang
funny misspelling of 'agglutinating'
1st person singular pronoun, I
2nd person singular pronoun, you
2nd person singular pronoun, he, she, it
1st person dual pronoun, I and you, we two
2nd person dual pronoun, you two
2nd person dual pronoun, they two
1st person plural pronoun, we
2nd person plural pronoun, you, y'all
2nd person plural pronoun, they
art language, artistic language, artificial language
logical language, like Loglan or Lojban
model language, synonymous with conlang
natlang, like French, or conlang derived from latin or other
romance-lang, for instance Brithenig and its ilk
constructed language, to construct languages
natural language, not constructed language
language made by J.R.R. Tolkien
language designed to look like a possible natlang, spoken by human
beings and/or human-like beings (often associated with a conculture).
language designed to be non-human, often impossible to learn for human
beings. Often associated with a conculture of aliens.
For What Its Worth
As Far As I Know
In My ((Very) Humble) Opinion
Laughing Out Loud, Lots Of Laughter
Obligatory Conlang, sometimes added to an off-topic message to end it
with some conlang information, so that it doesn't look *that much*
Yet Another New Conlang
Linguistic term X is not in the faq
This is supposed to be a faq for the conlang list, and not a generic
dictionary of linguistic terms. See "Are there any online dictionaries
of linguistic terms?" and "Are there any printed dictionaries of
Are there any online dictionaries of linguistic terms?
There are several, here are three suggestions:
* "A lexicon of linguistics at Utrecht University" at
* "SIL's glossary of linguistic terms" at
* "Lebarbe's linguistic lexicon" at
Try searching for linguistics, lexicon and glossary in your favorite
search-engine, start with this: "Google results" at
Are there any printed dictionaries of linguistic terms?
There are several, here are some suggestions:
* "David Crystal: A Dictionary of Language"
* "R. L. Trask: A Dictionary of Phonetics and Phonology"
* "R. L. Trask: A Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics"
Are there any other good FAQs on language and linguistics?
A well known one is "the sci.lang faq" at
What is the relationship between LISTSERV.BROWN.EDU and Yahoo Groups?
Why can't you post from the Yahoo Groups site?
Why is the list both at Yahoo and listserv.brown.edu?
Ignore the stuff at Yahoo. Pretend it doesn't exist.
Once upon a time there was a place on the net known as Findmail.
Findmail hosted mailing lists and provided a system for making
archives of mailing lists on the web. The software that handles
CONLANG-L didn't have web-accessable archives back then, so somebody
arranged to have it archived with Findmail. This was good, for
Findmail had a good feature-set and the people running it were wise.
Unfortunately, Real Life with its Bean Counters encroached on the
net, and to preserve the holy Profit Margin, Findmail merged with
a competitor, Onelist. This was bad, as the feature-set chosen was
that of Onelist, which was far inferior. Later, Yahoo! bought it
all. This was a disaster, as the feature-set was even worsened,
and the people running it were not wise, quite deaf to protests
and complaints and not very nice at all, really. Thus we arrive at