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Re: new relay

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 30, 2001, 20:07
Mario Bonassin wrote:

> How about lyrics from a song, something by Lorenna McKennitt or > Delerium. They tend to tell little stories that could be told without > any cultural bias.
I think that all of these ideas, including the Tolkien one, are inappropriate for a conlang relay. We need an original text written in the conlang. Translating it from English (or any natlang) will introduce a subtle bias, and translating it from a published source will make it possible for people who know the source to use it as a (conscious or unconscious) crib. Both of these effects are undesirable. I urge someone to write a paragraph of original prose for the Fourth Relay. -- There is / one art || John Cowan <jcowan@...> no more / no less || to do / all things || with art- / lessness \\ -- Piet Hein


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