>>> Kenji Schwarz <[log in to unmask]> 04/12 9:17  >>>
How can I resist?  My top fives:
> NATLANGS:  well, work and play are hard to separate here, but just to make
> it sporting I'll leave out the ones I'm obliged to know for "professional
> purposes".
> 1) Nahuatl (classical and/or modern).  I laboriously worked my way thorugh
> Anderson's "Introduction to Classical Nahuatl" a good ten years ago, and
> I'm not sure how much I really learned at the time -- and whatever I did
> is pretty well forgotten by now.  It's an aesthetically pleasing language,
> aurally and grammatically; there's also quite a lot of interesting texts
> from the colonial period to read.

Aha! Someone who shares my interest!
I'm re-reading some Nahuatl these days.

Well, here is my CONLANG wish list:
1) My still unnamed language (that will probably never be finished)
that is based on Aztec sounds and Salish grammar: because is mine
and it has to become my "Masterpiece".
2) Hatasoe: because it sounds so good.
3) Gbwi`a`: because I like the tones and the clicks
4) Shdeete: because I like the morphology so much
5) Leropho (the language that Ed and I made together): because of the
pleasing sounds, the neat grammar and the teamwork

The ones that didn't make the top 5:
Tepa and Sawila

1) Aztec
2) Mohawk
3) Lakhota
4) Yucatec Maya (very rusty nowadays)
5) Quichua (it is nice to converse in Quichua with the Otavaleņos that
make music in the streets; and it's an easy grammar!)

Didn't make the top 5:
Greek (Dimotiki), Zulu and Maltese