Peter Bleackley wrote: > What was the thing that first opened your mind to the exciting > possibilities of language? For me, it was studying Latin, which had a basic > word order different from English, and also a great deal of freedom to vary > that word order because of its inflecting morphology. It showed me, in a > way that French never had, that it was possible for a language to work in a > significantly different way from my own (I had been studying French at > school for one year before I started Latin, and the course was more > oriented towards basic communication than grammar). It was shortly after > that that I created Lingu Scribem, my first attempt at a conlang (The > Inevitable Euroclone). > > Pete I don't think I can narrow it down to a single thing. My interest in languages started with hearing "Canta una canción" on Sesame Street, but it wasn't until many years later that I really started exploring other languages. The TV miniseries "Shogun" got me interested in Japanese. Somewhere around the same time I found out about Esperanto, and borrowed books on Esperanto and Japanese from the local public library. I was also starting my collection of Teach Yourself books around that time. I tried unsuccessfully to learn Irish from one of those books, and had a bit more success with Serbo-Croat(ian). The use of languages in movies like _Star Wars_ and _The Dark Crystal_ was an inspiration for my own alien languages. Later I ran across R.M.W. Dixon's books on Australian languages in the Michigan State University library, with their exotic phoneme inventories and grammatical features like ergativity. Somewhere between the Australian languages and Japanese is probably where I started to realize just how exotic other languages could be.