first off to introduce myself,
I'm Brian, live in DC, am a medic and
I am rather new to the
"secret vice" and I look forward to being able to
toss questions out on the
list and hopefully get some ideas and guidance
from those that have been playing this
wonderful game for some time.
My primary interest in conlangs is in
artlangs. I am working on Esperanto
but mainly as a means of teaching
myself applied linguistics before I start in on the construction of
of my own.
The natural langauges I am most interested in are variants
of English (my
native tongue), Mandarin, and sign/ASL. The conlangs I find
most interesting are Esperanto, Loglan(et
al), and Laaden.
call the conlang I am envisioning the "PPC" or personally perfect
(stress on the "personally"!!)
The PPC has two purposes..1.) It's a
personal or journal language suitable
to expressing my own (somewhat
odd)worldview, and 2.)it's designed to be an
excellent "first" language for
Lots of the IALs tend to stress similarity to natlangs as
features for a given tongue.
The PPC to me would be a
"anti-IAL" in that it would have similarities to
natlangs, but it's designed
not to be easy for native speakers of those
languages to learn, but rather to
include most or many of the common
features of as many languages as possible
so that the kids are familar with
them. This way they won't be in the
position of an English speaker trying
to master use of tones found in the
Asian langs when they try to learn a new language.
The PPC would also be an "anti-IAL" in that
it would (likely) be the exclusive tongue
of a family group (not even a
micro-community!). It could thus be super-specialized in
ways no widely
spoken language could afford to be.
Would someone care to suggest a
top ten list of features found most
everywhere that are very difficult to
if they aren't found in one of your native languages? I will be
list questions about phoneme selection and phonology in the
How would a conlang such as I am theorizing be categorized?
Is this a
"philosophical" one..or just "other"?
Similarly I would
include Sign/gestural components into the PPC,
one of those things that fascinate me, and it
would prep them for mastering
ASL. I would try to include as many
as possible. Has anyone else thought
about this sort of