Two brains? Not so. I've had two conversations before. One with a hearing friend in English and the other with a deaf friend in ASL simultaneously. There would be brief moments when I would be responding to both persons simultaneously on different topics. And larger stretches where I would be "listening" to both of them at the same time. Rather different, but still somewhat similar, I regularly sing in ASL and one of English, Spanish, Indonesian or Chinese simultaneously. The grammars don't match up so I could be producing two very different parts of the song at the same time and I regularly contextualize idioms so I'd be refering to hands and ears in ASL rather than tongues and ears in spokens. Adam who is working on just such a senario in a piece of fiction. >From: czHANg Jon Chang <[log in to unmask]> >Reply-To: Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]> >To: [log in to unmask] >Subject: Re: Masochistic Grammar - YANNC >Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 17:10:50 -0500 > >Intriguing ideas here. (I am in process of learning ASL) > > czHANg > >Constructed Languages List <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > > > On Tue, 14 Nov 2000 08:09:56 +0000, Rik Roots <[log in to unmask]> > > wrote: > > > > <...> > > >Two mouths would probably lead to two separate conversations - humans > > >with two heads (and siamese twins with conjoined brains) are known: > > >each mouth seems to belong to a separate individual. > > > > A counter-example is provided by deaf sign languages. The DSL used in > > Russia, at any rate, has many signs displayed by one hand; accordingly, > > one can display two signs simultaneously. > > > > I think what you need for two conversation is two *brains*, not two >output > > channels (vocal tracts or whatever). > > > > > > Basilius > > >-- >email: > [log in to unmask] > [log in to unmask] >AIM: czhang23 >voicemail: (510) 859-3988 ext. 9679 _________________________________________________________________________ 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.