promiscuity & fidelity (was: ...)
|From:||Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 8, 2008, 19:42|
On Tue, 8 Jul 2008 18:00:22 +0100, And Rosta wrote:
> Rick Harrison, On 05/07/2008 00:48:
> > The last thing I need is more langs anyway. I often wish I could be
> > faithful to a single conlang but I have a wandering eye.
> Have any of the surveys of conlangers conducted on this list over the years
> looked at the quantity and longevity of our conlangs? Among us, there are
> faithful monogamists, who work on the one language always. There are
> faithful polygamists, who espouse many languages and never abandon any of
> them. There are fickle polygamists, who espouse many and abandon many. And
> perhaps there are (tho I can't think of an example) fickle monogamists, who
> work on one language at a time but do sometimes abandon one language for
> another-- ah yes, Matt Pearson would be an example. Among the polygamists we
> could perhaps distinguish oligogamists, such as Tolkien and Dirk Elzinga,
> from the pampolygamists, such as Herman Miller. But do we have any idea what
> proportions of our number fall into which category? Would anybody care to
> set up an online survey to enquire?
> I am a faithful monogamist, tho were I an artlanger rather than the
> engelanger I actually am, I might temperamentally tend towards a little
> faithful oligogamy. I confess I view my conlang confreres' fickleness and
> pampolygamy with scant sympathy and perhaps even occasionally a slight
> tincture of moral outrage...
I am something like a fickle monogamist. I have ONE main project,
the Albic family (and within that currently focussing on one language,
Old Albic); but I sometimes put it aside and dabble with something
else. Of these side projects, Germanech is the most developed one,
but there are others, both naturalistic and experimental ones. It is
just that I occasionally have ideas which have nothing to do with
Albic or simply don't fit in.
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