On Wed, May 30, 2001 at 04:05:30PM -0400, John Cowan wrote: [snip] > 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. [snip] 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? T -- All men are mortal. Socrates is mortal. Therefore all men are Socrates.