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
> > channels (vocal tracts or whatever).
> >
> >
> > Basilius
> >
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