I wrote about Bala-i-Balan; Padraic asked: "What is the book title and author? (The one at Dumbarton Oaks, that is.)" Unfortunately I seem to have misplaced my references! All of my bibliography on Bala-i-Balan was taken from Bausani's wonderful little book, "Le lingue inventate;" in addition to being a linguist (Arabic and Malay are his specialties) he is an Esperantist and has dabbled in a few other constructed languages. He also wrote an article or two on Bala-i-balan in the Archivio glottologico italiano, IIRC. The one book I would really like to lay my hot little hands upon is the "Kitab fasl al-maqasid wa fasl al-marasid," the Bible of Bala-i-balan. Silvester de Sacy published an article on it in "Notices et extraits des manuscrits de la Bibliotheque du roi 9;" unfortunately I don't have access to the real thing, which is at the Bibliotheque Nationale. I doubt that Dumbarton Oaks has that book, so I can't recall which one I needed to get at. So, a realistic bibliography would include the "dictionary" of Bala-i-balan which de Sacy published and Bausani's expert commentary on the language. I have to admit, I haven't seen de Sacy's original article (even though copies of it exist at Andover and at Widener) but I have read Bausani's commentary on it. -Chollie _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com. Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at http://profiles.msn.com.