|From:||James Worlton <jamesworlton@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 14, 2003, 2:03|
--- Mike Ellis <nihilsum@...> wrote:
> Welcome! Now you hafta tell us about you and any
> conlang of yours...
It's probably about time to officially introduce
myself. I am an all-too-soon-to-be 32 year old male
living in Denton, Texas USA (35 miles north of
Dallas-Fort Worth). I have not been conlanging for
very long (maybe 3 years), but I have been interested
in languages for a long time. I have taken classes in
German, French, and Russian, but I can't speak them. I
had intensive Spanish training when I lived in
Honduras and Belize for two years, so I can claim
Spanish as my L2 although I don't use it much any more
Professionally, I ... well, no, none yet. I just
successfully defended and submitted my doctoral
dissertation (in music composition), but do not have
"regular" employment yet. My idea is to be a professor
of composition and theory somewhere. In the meantime I
work at the University of North Texas (USA) library--a
great job when interesting new books come my way to be
I have two conlanging projects to my name, both in
relatively early stages of existence. The first,
currently on hold, is a proto-language for a conplanet
called Mindakh (["mI:ndax] I think). The original idea
for it was to be an agglutinating language (a newbie
conlanger's favorite :) ), but became more inflected
as I worked on the grammar--no doubt due to my
familiarity with Spanish.
For my second conlang, Orêlynnâ (something like
[o4"e:lin%na]), I have more practical goals. For one
thing, this is more of a personal language intended to
be actually learned (most likely only by me) and
spoken. Another goal has not been sufficiently
debugged for me to explain it coherently, so I won't
ramble on about it here. It is also an inflecting
language, and has a lot more control on phonology and
morphology than the proto-Mindakh. Hopefully Orêlynnâ
will soon be advanced enough to participate in the
weekly vocabularies, relays, and so forth.
That's probably enough for now.
 I am not a native Texan, and I don't really like
it here either (no reflection on the Texans on the
list or in general--Texans are typically a friendly
bunch). I can't stand the climate or the boring
flatness of the place. I grew up in Utah, where there
actually are 4 seasons in a year, and mountains to add
interest to the horizon (and to climb :)) ).
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.
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