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> From: Tommaso R. Donnarumma
>
> Tylch thru uinam!
> ("Wisdom by you!")
>
> My name's Tommaso R. Donnarumma.  I've been a Conlang member for
> a few years, until December 1997, when I sadly had to unsubscribe
> because of lack of time and several real-life problems.  I'm now
> back to the list...  Yahoo! :-)

Welcome back, Tommaso!  We've missed you.

> I'm an Italian conlanger, mainly interested in personal languages,
> or "artlangs," as they are called.  I'm indeed deeply convinced
> that language creation can be a form of art (won't need to name
> J.R.R. Tolkien here:  you already know) -- although I'd never dare
> to think of myself as an artist.

Go ahead, think of yourself as an artist.  Conlanging when done well is as
much an art as poetry.

> I've been conlanging for at least 16 years now, and have made a
> number of distinct languages, most of them -- alas! -- still at a
> very sketchy stage of development:
>
> * Streich (grammar nearly finalized, although my docs are all
> messy because of overlapping revisions, most of them undone when
> I realized I was adding features I didn't really want just to
> increase the language complexity;  some 2,000 lexical entries;
> a few very old translations, not in line with current grammar)

This was always one of my favorites.  You've got to get it back up on the
web.

> * Kluna (a set of related dialects, currently under heavy revision;
> very poor lexicon;  one translation, likely not in line with
> final grammar when revision will end).
>
> * Anawanda (grammar nearly finalized with ready for publication
> HTML docs;  nearly inexistent lexicon;  no text available).
>
> * Heichi (grammar finalized, docs in order although sketchy;  poor
> lexicon;  one original text).
>
> * Gwalan (grammar sketched, but needs more reflection;  no lexicon,
> no text).
>
> * Len-q?is (an old but unfortunate project -- only phonology
> survived to repeated revisions).
>
> * Ishtalo (open project, started about one year ago, if memory
> serves me, and set apart because of lack of time -- I'm working on
> it right in these days).
>
> * Tymlk (a new idea, started two weeks ago -- think I'll set it
> aside for a while to dedicate to my other langs).
>
> To these you can add a silly game language named Fjinnjikulla...

Sigh!  I can't help but envy you prolific conlangers who are able to create
so many languages.  I've got only one that I think qualifies as more than a
sketch and have been struggling to get on other off the ground.

Welcome again, Tommaso
David

David E. Bell
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