On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 04:05:30PM -0400, John Cowan wrote:
> I think that all of these ideas, including the Tolkien one, are
> inappropriate for a conlang relay.  We need an original text
> written in the conlang.  Translating it from English (or any
> natlang) will introduce a subtle bias, and translating it from
> a published source will make it possible for people who know the
> source to use it as a (conscious or unconscious) crib.  Both of
> these effects are undesirable.

I tend to agree. Original, native texts are probably the best for
something like this.

> I urge someone to write a paragraph of original prose for
> the Fourth Relay.

How long should it be? I can try to write something up; but my conlang's
lexicon is still quite small, so it may not be long enough to be
interesting. OTOH, I'm currently working on a very simple (primitive)
poetic narrative, which will probably turn out to be 2-3 four-line verses.
Would that be sufficient?


All men are mortal. Socrates is mortal. Therefore all men are Socrates.