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Igpaya Ussianruski! That is really quite a cute name.
I'm sorry about the fire, though. Nowadays, the more common destroyer is
electronic error...

Eugene

On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 6:33 PM, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> --- On Tue, 12/16/08, Jörg Rhiemeier <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > From: Jörg Rhiemeier <[log in to unmask]>
>
> > On Tue, 16 Dec 2008 07:36:12 +0000, R A Brown wrote:
> >
> > > deinx nxtxr wrote:
> > > >> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf
> > Of R A Brown
>
> > > >
> > > > My interest in conlanging started when I first
> > encountered Esperanto
> > > > back around 1980-1981.
> > >
> > > My first attempt was way back in 1949. I had found two
> > French text books
> > > with _loads_ of grammar in them (they had belonged to
> > my mother
>
> My first conlang was around 1952, as best I recall, and was inspired by Pig
> Latin. I called it Pig Russian (Igpaya Ussianruski). Rather than the one
> transform rule of Pig Latin, it had 26 different rules depending on the
> first letter of the original word. Being a trivial relex, it had no grammar
> of it's own.
>
> I discovered Esperanto around 1958 or 1959, but I didn't care for it. A few
> years later, in high school, I took Latin for a year and German for two
> years. That gave me exposure to non-English grammars and made my several
> unfinished conlangs less like a simple English relex.
>
> In college, majoring in computer science, I took more German, a semester of
> Russian, and two semesters of ASL sign language. While taking sign language
> I devised simple system of "pictographs" representing each sign as I learned
> it. Over the course of those two semesters my pictographic writing system
> became so complete, and I became so fluent in it that I took class notes
> easily in the conlang.
>
> Many years, and three children later, all my conlang notes were lost in a
> house fire, including around 2,000 file cards with my pictographic
> dictionary. From time to time I still go back to trying to reconstruct my
> lost pictographic conlang. Hence my PPP (periodic Pictographic Projects).
>
> --gary
>