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CONLANG  February 2005, Week 3

CONLANG February 2005, Week 3

Subject:

Re: Introducing myself, and several questions

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"B. Garcia" <[log in to unmask]>

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B. Garcia

Date:

Tue, 15 Feb 2005 17:02:11 -0800

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On Tue, 15 Feb 2005 19:46:12 -0500, Damian Yerrick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Damian had sent his reply to me, when i'm sure it was meant to go to the list.


>
> B. Garcia wrote:
>
> >I find spoken German more pleasant than spoken French. But I
> >prefer sung french over sung German.
>
> Do you prefer French singing or German rap? :)

I dislike rap in general except stuff from the 1980's :)


>
> >Your own esthetcics, Damian will be different from mine. You may think
> >you don't have any, but they're there. Try not to judge what your
> >esthetics should be based upon what others have done with their
> >languages.
>
> So in other words, do you claim that people won't b***h at me
> because, say, the elf-counterparts in my conworld speak a more
> guttural language than the orc-counterparts? You say such a setup
> would amuse you, but would it offend others?

Why worry about what offends people? As long as your conlang isn't
created with offensive words (such as using natlang offensive words as
words in your conlang... like for instance ni**er for "love"). It's
your conlang, you're the one who decides what to do with it. Besides,
i personally would be very amused to make a guttural Elf language. I'd
not worry about offense, more like constant bitching and whining from
fantasy geeks that "That's not how elves speak!"


>
> >It reminds me of those "Folk explanations" that say "such and such
> >ruler/king/chief had a lazy tongue, so everyone began to imitate him".
>
> Something like that is how French _chaire_ = "chair" became _chaise_.

I haven't heard about that one, but I suppose :)



>
> Well if you can't remember that far back, then you're not going to
> remember how to defeat the creatures that took your grandparents
> underground to dine on their flesh :)


Well, they apparently have no mythology either. They do have "evil
spirits" but that's about it. They create no stories, have no
literature, no history, and their art tends to be rudimentary, from
what i've seen.

--
You can turn away from me
but there's nothing that'll keep me here you know
And you'll never be the city guy
Any more than I'll be hosting The Scooby Show

Scooby Show - Belle and Sebastian

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