Congratulations, Donald! I wish you success with the exhibit. I'm just sorry
I'm not in the area to go and take a look myself!


On Tue, May 6, 2008 at 6:35 AM, Donald Boozer <[log in to unmask]>

> From May through August, Cleveland Public Library will
> be presenting a ground-breaking exhibit entitled
> "Esperanto, Elvish, and Beyond: The World of
> Constructed Languages" at the Main Library, 325
> Superior Avenue East, Cleveland, Ohio.
> The exhibit celebrates constructed languages and those
> who take part in the art and craft of conlanging. Don
> Boozer, a former librarian in the Literature
> Department at Cleveland Public Library and now the
> statewide online reference services coordinator for
> Ohio, organized the exhibit and wrote the majority of
> the text and captions. However, conlangers from around
> the world graciously submitted photos and biographies
> for the exhibit including Suzette Haden Elgin, Marc
> Okrand, John Quijada, David J. Peterson, Doug Ball,
> Carsten Becker, Måns Björkman, Sonja Elen Kisa, and
> many others. Proofreading was kindly done by
> conlangers in Britain, Australia, Canada, and the
> United States. The project was truly a collaborative
> effort encompassing several continents. A companion
> booklet will also be available at the exhibit: "A
> Conlanger's Bookshelf" compiled by Don Boozer. A
> selection of conlanging resources is available at
> Encompassing the entire exhibition corridor of the
> second floor of the Main Library in downtown
> Cleveland, the display encompasses six large cases,
> two smaller cases, and two flat panel cases. The six
> large cases contain:
> - "Conlangers' Inspiration: Languages & Linguistics"
> includes information on phonology, affixes, word
> order, noun classes, and more.
> - "Early Conlangs and Universal Languages: From
> Ancient Greece to 20th-Century America" highlights
> early conlangers and language theorists like Plato (in
> "Cratylus"), Athenaeus of Naucratis (in "The
> Deipnosophists"); St. Hildegarde of Bingen; Lewis
> Carroll; Jonathan Swift; Edward Powell Foster and
> James Ruggles of Ohio; and more.
> - "The Shakespeare of Conlangs: J.R.R. Tolkien"
> includes a timeline of Tolkien's life and work; Quenya
> and Sindarin highlights; the significance of his essay
> "A Secret Vice"; biographies of Helge Fauskanger, Måns
> Björkman, and David Salo; and much more.
> - "International Conlangs: Esperanto & Other Auxiliary
> Languages" covers the development of Esperanto, a
> photo and biography of L.L. Zamenhof, the history of
> Amikejo "the Esperanto nation that almost was," two
> native-speaking Esperantists, some phrases and
> grammar, and more.
> - "The Warrior's Conlang: Klingon" highlights tlhIngan
> Hol a brief introduction to the language and alphabet,
> photos and biographies of Lawrence Schoen and Marc
> Okrand, the Klingon Language Institute, the Klingon
> Translation Project, the "art" of Klingon cursing, and
> much more.
> - "Meet the Conlangers: The World-wide Community of
> Language Creators" introduces viewers to Suzette Haden
> Elgin, Sonja Elen Kisa, David J. Peterson, Mark "The
> Zompist" Rosenfelder, Sai Emrys, Carsten Becker, and
> several other well-known conlangers as well as
> provides information on the Conlang Flag, the Language
> Creation Conferences, CONLANG-L, and more.
> One smaller case at the beginning of the exhibit
> provides an introduction to the subject for the
> public. The other smaller case includes conlangs in
> films and fiction other than the "big three"
> (Esperanto, Elvish, and Klingon).
> One flat panel includes a Conlang Glossary and "The
> Conlanger's Manifesto" (courtesy of David J.
> Peterson). The other includes a collection of Babel
> Texts in various conlangs and English.
> Parking is available in several garages and surface
> lots surrounding the library. For more information,
> call the Literature Department at Cleveland Public
> Library at 216-623-2881 or by contacting Don Boozer at
> [log in to unmask] Photographs of the exhibit
> will be forthcoming and access to these will be posted
> in a subsequent posting to CONLANG.
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