Auxlangs (was Re: T-Shirt)
|From:||Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg.rhiemeier@...>|
|Date:||Monday, September 25, 2000, 22:16|
Nik Taylor wrote:
> Jörg Rhiemeier wrote:
> > Very true; on the other hand, excluding Tolkien would mean cutting off
> > our own roots! So put Quenya and Sindarin on the t-shirt, but not
> > Esperanto.
> Since Tolkien is our patron saint, so to speak, Quenya and Sindarin I
> agree should be there. Other than that, any conlang devised by a person
> on this list should be on it, regardless of the purpose of said conlang,
> so that would include, for example, NGL.
Personally, I see nothing wrong with Esperanto *as a language*, not even
with Esperanto *as a conlang*; my argument against Esperanto was that
it could raise too much trouble.
There comes an idea to me: anyone willing to design a conculture for
Esperanto, i.e. a fictional country where Esperanto is spoken as
vernacular? The most plausible candidate would be something in Central
Europe in an alternative timeline, perhaps where Hungary is *here*,
because this seems to be the most likely place for what Esperanto
essentially is, namely a Romance-based creole with lots of Germanic
and Slavic elements strewn in.
> > Auxlangs suffer what I like to call the "Highlander syndrome"
> > ("There can be only one")
> Hee hee, I like that term. :-)
> > That is of course completely boggledydocks, but it is the way
> > auxlangers tend to see things.
> By the very nature of what an auxlang is, that's inevitable. If the
> Perfect ConIAL exists, then why would you make another proposal? Why
> not support the Perfect One?
Exactly! That's the problem with IALs, and that's why I prefer not to
meddle with auxlangers. Some of their languages are nice, but the
bickering about them are not!