I don't have an answer for you, but when you find out, I'd love to know the
title so I can go look it up and give it a read.
On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM, Tim Smith <[log in to unmask]>
> My wife, Billie Aul, has asked me to post this on the Conlang list.
> TIA -- Tim
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> Subject: Request for conlang list
> Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 8:51:57 -0400
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> Could you post this on the conlang list and see if anyone knows it?
> A friend of my wife is looking for the author/title of a story they read a
> while ago that deals with a constructed language. Can anyone help with the
> author and/or title.
> Two prisoners are in adjoining cells, or perhaps share a cell. During
> their long confinement one of them teaches the other a foreign language.
> The second prisoner eventually masters the language's vocabulary & grammar
> and becomes a fluent speaker. In the end, though, he finds that no such
> language exists. (Just possibly this was a chapter in a novel, but I feel
> nearly certain it was in a short story collection.) It's not Borges and the
> language isn't really described in the story.